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A solemn reception on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine was held in Budapest
06 September 2018 18:31

On 6 September a solemn reception on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence was held.
In her speech Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop noted the following:

Dear ladies and gentlemen,
I’m glad to see you at our reception on the occasion of the Ukraine’s Independence Day.
The National Day is always a good occasion to sum up achievements and to define further goals.
I’m proud that today I can say that my country shows serious results in reforms, in implementing the European and Euro-Atlantic integration course. Recently the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko initiated the enshrining of these goals in our Constitution to make the integration course irreversible.
We achieved all of this despite of the continuing Russian aggression.
Despite the fact that almost every day our soldiers die from the Russian bullets.
Yesterday one Ukrainian soldier died and 3 were wounded.
I would like to ask you to commemorate all Ukrainian victims of Russian aggression with a minute of sicence.
Despite the fact that our political prisoners are still in Russian jails.
Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, Oleksandr Shymkov continue their hunger strikes for more than 100 days.
Despite the fact that 7% of our territory - Crimea and part of Donbas - is still occupied by Russia.
Despite the fact that 20% of the Ukrainian economy is stolen or destroyed by the aggressor.
At our reception you will see the exhibition “Yaroslav the Wise: Diplomacy through Dynastic Marriages”.
It shows connection between Ukraine, Hungary, France, Norway and Sweden on example of the family of Kyiv Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who governed in 11th century.
The exhibition shows our common history.
And I’m sure that our future should and will be also common.
We continue our fight against the Russian aggressor, making our contribution to such a common future based on democratic values and principles.
And we count on your solidarity with us in this fight.
The Russian aggression continues since 2014 and we still don’t see the will of Russia to stop it.
We need to stay united when we speak about sanctions against Russia to stop its aggression against Ukraine.
We have to be united to prevent building politically motivated pipelines like North Stream II or prolongation of the Turkish Stream.
We need to be united to prevent the further using of the Russian church by Moscow as a political weapon to keep Ukraine under its influence.
Yes, we are still vulnerable as we are under aggression, but we are not weak any more.
The Russian aggression taught us that if somebody attacks you, speaks with language of force and ultimatums you have to do everything to become stronger to be able to defend yourself.
Today we are much stronger, much more ready to defend our country and our national interests.
We thank all our partners, including Hungary, in supporting us.
We continue counting on you. And you can count on us.
I thank you once more for coming.

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