Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov stated this in his greeting on the occasion of the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer Fighter, the NSDC’s press service reports.
“Thanks to the heroism and self-sacrifice of our volunteer fighters, who went first and started to defend their country, Ukraine outstood and proved to the whole world that it is capable of protecting itself. We proved that our state was, is and will be! Thanks to your courage it became possible to win necessary time for creating a powerful army, restoring the defense-industrial complex, developing and producing new weapons,” Turchynov said.
He reminded that four years ago, when the aggressor attacked Ukraine, he called on the patriots to take arms and defend their homeland.
"Then the true Ukrainian patriots went straight to the front, and without military training, high-quality weapons, even military uniforms, they stopped the Russian invasion. Deep honor for you and eternal glory! We bow down before the heroes who were killed, defending their native land!,” the NSDC secretary said.
The Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer Fighter is marked on March 14.