President Petro Poroshenko met with female representatives of the security structures who took part in repelling the aggression in the east of our state.
Addressing the attendees, the Head of State emphasized that the Ukrainian woman was endowed with natural grace, exquisite taste and subtle mind. “You are a symbol of the best things in our life. You are the reason of all the good deeds of men. Everything bad is not for you, but everything good is because of you. We would have failed without you,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President noted that the Ukrainian woman was always considered a guardian of the hearth. At the same time, Ukrainian women have always been active participants in the life of their native state. "Ukraine has never faced the issue of equality of women and men. Ukrainian woman put it this way. She succeeded and we fully support that. Ukrainian woman participates in social, political, public life. We appreciate it very much," he stressed.
According to him, Ukrainian women did not remain aloof after Russia's aggression against our state. "Starting from 2014, we live in absolutely different realities - in the realities of the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, in the realities of the Russian aggression in the east of our state. And the Ukrainian woman got a very unusual role for her - protecting mother Ukraine together and side by side with men," Petro Poroshenko noted.
"It was always considered that the service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine is a male affair and women have nothing to do there. But look, now more than 25 thousand women serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There have never been so much women. Maybe women feel a special pain and cannot stay away from these processes," the President said.
According to the Head of State, 2850 women signed contracts with the AFU in 2017. “All the military commanders informed me that female soldiers are much more disciplined and more responsible in the defense of the Ukrainian state,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
"Dear women, you will always be a symbol of love for us, a symbol of victory for us, because each of you, just like all Ukrainians, just like me, believes that Ukraine is invincible. We will liberate Donbas and Crimea. We will protect our country. And nobody will ever again dare to attack Ukraine, because now we have completely different Armed Forces and totally different people who are able to unite in a minute," the Head of State said, thanking the women for their service to the Ukrainian people.