Poroshenko explained the participation of NATO troops in the parade on independence Day

Petro Poroshenko said, what was the main idea of the parade on the independence Day of Ukraine, which the country celebrated on August 24. He pointed out that the participation of military from NATO countries “has never been so important and so symbolic”

Petro Poroshenko

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the main idea of the parade in honor of celebration of the independence Day of the country was that in the center of Kiev side by side with the Ukrainian soldiers were allies in the fight against “Russian aggression”. This was the Ukrainian President said Saturday, August 26, at a solemn meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ukrainian world Congress, reports UNN.

According to Poroshenko, the idea of the parade this year was “clear and understandable”. Country, according to the President, not just demonstrated “strong, newborn Ukrainian army, Ukrainian heroes, well-trained, well-dressed, well-armed and Patriotic”.

“The idea of this parade was, for the first time in the history of Ukraine on independence square, Khreshchatyk were our allies, partners who support Ukraine now, in the fight against Russian aggression”, — Poroshenko said, adding that “it has never been so important and so symbolic”.

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The President noted that units of the Armed forces of the United States, UK, European countries, NATO, Moldova, Georgia “shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian defenders went on Khreshchatyk and independence square, symbolizing the unity of Ukraine with the world”.

On 24 August Ukraine celebrated the 26th anniversary of its independence. This year for the first time on the occasion of the independence Day parade attended by foreign military units from eight NATO countries (USA, UK, Canada, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Romania and Estonia), as well as Moldova and Georgia. The parade was attended by the defence Ministers of some of these countries, including Pentagon chief James Mattis.

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In his opening speech at the parade, Poroshenko said that the country in case of need ready to give a tough military response, but when it comes from the “priority to peaceful, diplomatic, political and legal path to return to the Donbass and Crimea”.

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