During the celebrations on the occasion of the 205th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, the President emphasized that "we do not come empty-handed to this holy place on Tarasova Mountain in Kaniv today".
"Our most important achievement is unity. The Association Agreement, economic recovery, visa-free regime, Tomos, decentralization are a testimony of our strength acquired in unity. It wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for unity," the President stressed.
"Nobody made better conclusions from Ukrainian history than Taras Shevchenko. Therefore, all his work is a detailed textbook where each paragraph teaches us to be united. "Send us like-mindedness and brotherly kindness," he asks the Lord for Ukrainians," Petro Poroshenko reminded the words of the Great Kobzar.
The President called on all Ukrainians to unite, "to confront everything that brings us back to the past".
"We have a strong example of Shevchenko-fighter: to go the way of truth, to go the Ukrainian way and win even when victory does not seem possible," the Head of State said.