The President Of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his new year greeting, said about the occurrence years of the century the Ukrainian national revolution and urged not to repeat the mistakes of the past. He also noted that Ukraine has not bought a single cubic meter of gas from Russia
In his new year address to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the 2017 special. The text of the appeal published on the official website of the President of Ukraine.
“This is the centenary year of the Ukrainian national revolution,” the President said.
“But then the Ukrainians, instead, to unite against external threats, fought among themselves. Now, if you don’t make conclusions, mindless political confrontation can easily return the economy back in its peak. Policy — plunge into anarchy. And the country — to make prey of the aggressor,” — said Poroshenko.
He also said that important lessons of history we should not forget even new year’s eve. “I have learned. Other people’s mistakes — not repeat. And others will not give”, — said Poroshenko.
The President also noted as an achievement that last year the country bought gas from Russia.
“For the first time in the history of not bought a single cubic meter of gas from Russia — and this is a big step to energy independence!”, he said.
Poroshenko told Ukrainians that are now reasons for optimism they have more than a year ago. According to him, worst in economy is behind us.
“We have overcome the shock from the destruction of industrial capacity, caused by military aggression. In the same way as from a hostile closure of the Russian market for our goods, from trade and transport blockade. We adapted our economy to the new conditions. We managed to restore economic growth. And this lets in the new year to focus on increase in incomes of Ukrainians. We have strengthened our defenses. To cope with the task managed without mobilization. The army becomes contracted, and the defender of the Fatherland — one of the most noble professions,” he said.
The day of December 31 Poroshenko with a delegation of U.S. senators arrived in the ATO area to the command post in the area of Shirokino. On the eve on the website of the Ukrainian President reported that he met with U.S. Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain, which also includes Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar.
Earlier in the day, the President awarded McCain the order of Liberty and noted the order of Yaroslav the Wise Senator Lindsey Graham for his “significant personal contribution to the strengthening of relations between Ukraine and the United States of America.” At the same time Poroshenko invited the senators to visit the Donbass “to obtain objective information about the subversive actions of the Russian side and the militants that continued provocation and violate the cease-fire.”
McCain and Graham are supporters of supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, but this initiative was blocked by President Barack Obama.