The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimes the ukrainians have a right for a high self-esteem as Ukraine has been resisting very powerful hostile forces, Ukrinform.
Poroshenko speaking at the award ceremony on the eve of the 25th Independence Day said: " Everytime at the end of summer we recall the events of the August 1991, but normally we would forget that a few days after the Independence was announced, the russian delegation rushed to get Donbas and Crimea. I suppose not everyone is aware of it.
"Thus, we have a right for a very high self-esteem - our country has resisted the attack of the hostile forces, that stretch to 1/6 of the dry land, that spends 20 times more than we can afford," Poroshenko added.
The president pointed out Ukraine has been through all the tribulations of history, it has been a subject to all the trials and it has been hardened by "the most powerful hardening that within the confines of the modern world is priceless."
"We ukrainians are the peaceful nation that is open to the world and that is hospitable, but when it comes to protect our state, we are the nation of warriors, the nation that is ready and is able, despite the disbelief of the foes, to unite together and become a single unit when we are to defend our own land," Poroshenko concluded.