President Viktor Yanukovych Urges to Build a European Ukraine
"Ukrainians can build strong and independent Ukraine," the President is confident.
"We can speak different languages, pray in different churches and have different political views. But only with joint efforts, mutual respect, support and self-sacrifice can we achieve great goals. Together we will build a strong, independent and European Ukraine," the Head of State said at the celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Kyiv liberation from fascist invaders.
According to him, modernization of national economy, reformation of government system, improvement of social standards and strengthening of the Armed Forces create a foundation for modern Ukrainian state and developed civil society.
Viktor Yanukovych assured veterans that care for their welfare would remain one of the priorities for the government.
"Veterans are our heroes. We are in debt to them. Gratitude and care for them is our sacred duty," the Head of State said.
Viktor Yanukovych presented state awards to the war veterans.
After the solemn ceremony, the President watched the concert.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Kyiv liberation from fascist invaders, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych together with veterans honored memory of the deceased in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The Head of State laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Park of Eternal Glory.
After that, the moment of silence was declared. Military orchestra performed the National Anthem of Ukraine and the volleys were fired.
The President watched the march of the Honor Guard.
The celebrations were also attended by Presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Rybak, Kyiv CSA Head Oleksandr Popov, Kyiv RSA Head Anatoliy Prysyazhnyuk, members of the Cabinet of Ministers and Kyiv citizens.
Daughter of General Mykola Vatutin Olena was also present at the ceremony.
Before the beginning of the ceremony, the President had a conversation with veterans of the Great Patriotic War who came to Kyiv from all Hero Cities of the former USSR. The Head of State congratulated them on the holiday.
The participants of the ceremony walked the Alley of Military Glory.
Adriatic Gas Corridor Prioritized by the Ukrainian Government
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov insists a memorandum on creation of Adriatic gas corrdor which is to join Ukraine, Hungary and Croatia to be signed as soon as possible.
He announced Wednesday during his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary Tibor Navracsics.
“We were hoping to sign this memorandum in Brussels, hoping to sign it in Kyiv. Today we haven’t signed it. I was talking to Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia that we must spare no effort to speed up signing of this memorandum,” Mykola Azarov said.
He added that targeting signing of the document he is ready to personally come to Budapest or Zagreb or to invite the two prime ministers to Kyiv.
“It is extremely huge crucial project and participation of the three prime ministers would prove its significance and urgency,” the Head of Government stressed.
Moreover the Prime Minister emphasized there needed implementation of all agreements achieved in the course of his visit to Hungary in March of the current year. In particular, according to Mykola Azarov, it is necessary to stir up a joint practice of crossing the state border.
In turn, Tibor Navracsics assured Mykola Azarov of intentions to absolutely fulfill bilateral agreements. He also agreed that the Memorandum on Adriatic gas corridor must be signed as fast as possible. “We also consider this memorandum must be signed as fast as possible,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.