As many as 45,000 Ukrainian military have taken part in international peacekeeping operations since 1992, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran.
He said this in a letter of congratulation on the occasion of the Day of Ukrainian Peacekeepers, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported.
"Peacekeeping is one of the most respected missions, requiring high professionalism and courage. The Day of Ukrainian Peacekeepers is a recognition of those who have not spared their lives and health in war zones in the name of strengthening peace and concord. After all, perhaps the most important goal is to protect the civilian population from the horrors of war and active hostilities," the letter of congratulation reads.
Unfortunately, Ukraine was affected by the disaster of war due to Russia's armed aggression. Fighting takes lives and breaks destinies. "We sincerely want peace in our Ukrainian home, and at the same time we remain reliable partners of the international community in resolving crises in the world," Taran said.
According to him, tensions are rising on the planet, the number of "hot spots" is increasing, and civilians are waiting for peacekeepers.
"We consider our participation in international peacekeeping activities as an important element of our foreign policy. Our military, in operations held under the auspices of the UN, NATO, OSCE, and the EU, demonstrate the importance of Ukraine in the European and world security system. This gives us the opportunity to be present in global political processes. and our units can acquire not only military but also ideological interoperability with Ukraine's international partners. Moreover, cooperation with them contributes to the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of our country," Taran said.
"The readiness of our troops in the national contingent and national personnel to guard the peace is important, and many of them have combat experience gained in the Anti-Terrorist Operation and the Joint Forces Operation," he said.
He stressed that given the importance of peacekeeping activities in maintaining international peace and creating favorable external conditions for the development and security of the country, Ukraine will continue to be an active participant in peacekeeping operations.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces started their peacekeeping axctivities in 1992, and about 45,000 Ukrainian troops have taken part in international peace and security operations since then," Taran said.
Taran thanked Ukrainian peacekeepers for the conscientious performance of their military duty and devotion to humanistic values.
Ukraine marks the Day of Ukrainian Peacekeepers on July 15. The holiday was established by a Verkhovna Rada resolution of May 21, 2013.