When asked such a topic, I want to talk not about the beauties of the Ukrainian land, not about its heroes, or about its riches. Everybody knows about this, and everyone is proud of this. I would like to reflect on today’s problems of my country.
I read somewhere that our people had not had their statehood for centuries. Is it so? On August 24, 1991, a step was taken that could not have been made by people who had not sought independence for centuries and had no experience of state organization. As early as the 9th century, the East Slavic association around Kiev created a powerful and civilized country – Kievan Rus. For two centuries the Ukrainian statehood existed in the form of the dependent Galicia-Volyn principality. The model of the democratic power was our glorious
Now in our country difficult times. But I believe in my people, in the glorious future of my native Ukraine. This my faith is supported by the knowledge of Ukrainian history and the fact that Ukrainians are a highly educated nation. My hope for the better is strengthened by the fact that there is no war on the territory of Ukraine, and also that we managed to avoid national conflicts. We will overcome everything on the way to the prosperity of our homeland. I believe that the time is near when discussions about the search for a national idea and the lack of spirituality of our people will disappear. We will become a European power with all the attributes of democracy. At the same time, we will be able to save our ethnic and national identity, raise our science and culture to a new level. No one will ever encroach on all these values, because we will be a united and powerful nation, whose homeland bears a beautiful name – Ukraine.