Sunday, February 22, 2015

President and distinguished foreign guests took part in the March of Dignity in Kyiv

February 22, 2015 The March of Dignity attended by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and distinguished foreign guests who came to Ukraine in order to participate in the events on the occasion of the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity was held in Kyiv. Together with President Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the March was headed by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, Poland - Bronislaw Komorowski, Germany - Joachim Gauck, Moldova - Nicolae Timofti, Georgia - Giorgi Margvelashvili, Slovakia - Andrej Kiska, as well as President of the European Council Donald Tusk. 

Thousands of Ukrainians, clergy, representatives of Polish, Georgian, German and French communities also participated in the event. Members of the column were holding a large yellow-blue flag. People came with flags of Ukraine, EU, Georgia, Poland, Lithuania. From time to time people shouted "Glory to Ukraine - glory to heroes!", "Ukraine is Europe!", "Ukraine, freedom, dignity, victory!". People were singing the Anthem of Ukraine. Also, the record of the Anthem of Europe, "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, sounded. The procession ended up with the Prayer for peace on Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The President and the distinguished foreign guests have laid icon-lamps under the Independence Stele.

President Petro Poroshenko and the heads of foreign states and governments who take part in the events on the occasion of the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity have visited the exhibition "Presence. Proofs of Russian troops' aggression on the territory of Ukraine" opened on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv.

The Head of State has commented on a few "exhibits", particularly MLRS "Grad" used by militants to shell peaceful cities and villages, remnants of the missile system "Smerch" used for the shelling of Kramatorsk, which ended up with 17 people killed and over 60 people wounded. Petro Poroshenko showed grenade launchers, which are not produced in Ukraine, captured by Ukrainian militaries, armored vehicles, Russian tanks, remnants of civilians' cars destroyed near Mariupol.

The President has also demonstrated Russian drones. The Head of State has drawn attention of the attendees to the fact that the OSCE SMM representatives, which observe the compliance with the ceasefire regime in Donbas, do not have an opportunity to use drones, because militants and Russian servicemen hinder it in every possible way. However, the Ukrainian servicemen have recorded the activity of about 120 enemy drones, as stated by Petro Poroshenko.