Event was held on the occasion of the Day of Defender of Ukraine on Mykhailivska square in Kyiv. President of Ukraine – Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the representatives of other law enforcement agencies and diplomatic corps of foreign countries participated in this event.
There were the models of modernized fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile complexes, communications facilities, trucks, armored vehicles of different types, medical support means; the models of modern small arms, equipments, other weapons. These new and modernized developments of Ukrainian defence industry have already proved their effectiveness in battles.
“Due to joint efforts, we were able to create a modern, combat-ready, patriotic and efficient army for slightly more than one year. We were able to do it together, all Ukrainians, the whole consolidated Ukrainian nation: warriors, volunteers, workers and engineers at military factories, diplomats and officials”, President noted at the opening ceremony.
Among the exhibits was Ukrainian combat flag which passed through the crucible of Ilovaisk together with the warriors of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade. He was found in completely burnt truck, which together with our warriors was shot by Russians who guaranteed them a secure withdrawal from encirclement. The land was burning, metal was fusing. However, the flag was spared in order to become a symbol of unbroken Ukraine, Ukraine that not only withstood but was hardened in this terrible war.