24 August is the greatest national holiday as Ukrainians throughout the world unite in spirit to commemorate the re-establishment of the Ukrainian state as proclaimed on 24 August 1991.
This day in the history of the Ukrainian nation was the greatest gift for the Ukrainian people which will always be marked as the culmination of the efforts of many generations of Ukrainians for the right to live freely on their own land, prosper in their own state, speak their native language, and freely practice their religion.
In 2017 Ukrainians can continue to take pride in their accomplishments in implementing a national reform agenda, building strong relations with the international community, stabilizing the national economy, globally promoting Ukraine’s economic viability, and further integrating Ukraine into the Euro-Atlantic community.
Most recently, we have witnessed two events of historical significance, specifically the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement which will fully come into effect on 1 September 2017 and the implementation of a visa free regime for Ukrainian citizens travelling to certain European states.
However, the successes of the Ukrainian people remain overshadowed by the relentless aggression of the Russian Federation which continues to challenge the territorial integrity of Ukraine and with it, peace and stability in the world.
On this Independence Day we join in prayer to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Ukraine’s independence, and keep in our thoughts the men and women who continue to stand on the front lines to protect Ukraine’s borders.
May the Ukrainian flag wave freely in every corner of the world symbolizing the unity in purpose with which the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine will be irrevocably entrenched.
“On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day I extend greetings to the Hierarchs and Clergy of Ukrainian Churches, President of Ukraine, Prime Minister of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, all the brave men and women fighting for Ukraine’s independence, UWC member organizations and Ukrainians worldwide,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.