Before the main national holiday, Ukrainians have already received congratulations from the EU ambassador, the ambassador of the Netherlands, the British ambassador, and the Secretary General of NATO.
In his greeting in Ukrainian, EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas emphasized that Ukraine and the countries of the European Union are now one family.
"This is a day of celebration. We celebrate your resilience during six months of brutal full-scale Russian invasion and 8 years of aggression. But, like every day now, it is also a day of mourning for the dead, injured and victims of Russian atrocities, along with those who lost their own." loved ones and their homes.
This is the first day of independence, when Ukraine has already become a candidate country for EU membership. Europe celebrates with you and Europe mourns with you," Maasikas said.
He reminded how the European Union helps Ukraine with real actions - supporting war victims, providing vital services and preserving normal life in Ukraine, supporting reforms necessary for Ukraine's accession to the EU, providing Ukrainians with the opportunity to temporarily live and work in EU countries, providing assistance. of the Ukrainian army for billions of euros
Ambassador of the Netherlands Jennes de Mol congratulated Ukraine on its independence in Ukrainian and promised support. He recorded a video congratulation for Ukrainians on Independence Day in embroidered clothes, promising support for his country.
The almost four-minute address was completely recorded in Ukrainian.
Jennes de Mol recalled the solemn parade for the 30th anniversary of Independence and the "Dream" in the sky above Kyiv, which will not happen in six months.
"Mria" was destroyed by Russian aggressors at Gostomel airport at the end of February 2022. Just like Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka. Now these prosperous towns symbolize the terrible war crimes of Russia. Although this may well be just the tip of the iceberg when it becomes clear what really happened in the east and south of your country.
The aggressor destroyed the plane called "Dream", but no one is capable of destroying the dream of the Ukrainian people... We will not be intimidated. We stand together in defense of our highest values: freedom, democracy and unconditional respect for international law," he said.
The ambassador noted that the Netherlands supports Ukraine, providing it with assistance in the military, economic, financial, humanitarian and cultural spheres.
British Ambassador Melinda Simmons congratulated Ukraine on Independence with a bouquet of cotton, writing the address entirely in Ukrainian, in an embroidered dress and with a yellow and blue manicure.
"Today, this holiday is overshadowed by Russia's war. It is a truly terrible war, and I could see it for myself after visiting Bucha, Irpin, Chernihiv and other cities where Russian troops left their bloody mark. But Ukrainians are giving a worthy rebuff to the enemy. This inspires us, and together with our allies, we are doing everything we can to help, whether it's the weapons or the training we provide, or the sanctions that cripple the Russian military machine, or the humanitarian aid to bring communities back to life.
I admire the resilience and courage of Ukrainians. Even in such circumstances, they keep a sense of humor and every day give birth to new symbols of their resistance," says Melinda Simmons.
In this fragment, she places a cotton flower in a vase with sunflowers and the Ukrainian flag.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Ukrainians on Independence Day, quoting Shevchenko. He recorded a greeting for Ukrainians on Independence Day, opening it with a quote from Taras Shevchenko's poem "I'm the same..." in English translation.
"Your great poet Taras Shevchenko once wrote: "But it is not the same for me, how evil people put Ukraine to sleep, cunning, and in the fire, to wake her robbed. Oh, it's not the same for me." The Alliance is not indifferent either," the Secretary General began his address.
He acknowledged that Russia's war against Ukraine had created the biggest European security crisis since World War II.
"The armed forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people demonstrate extraordinary courage and determination. Together with the leadership of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, you inspire the whole world. I pay tribute to all the dead and express my condolences to all the victims, and I admire the Ukrainian men and women who are fighting for their country, freedom for their loved ones," Stoltenberg notes.
He recalled that the North Atlantic Alliance has provided support to Ukraine since it became independent, and strengthened it after the events of 2014, and even more so since February 24.
"You can continue to count on NATO's support - as long as it is necessary. As NATO leaders clearly said at the summit in Madrid, a strong and independent Ukraine is a vital condition for stability in the Euro-Atlantic region. Ukraine must get an advantage - and it will get it ". . Now, on your Independence Day, I wish you strength and success," concludes the Secretary General.