Greeting of the Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

December 6, 2016
Dear colleagues, comrades-in-arms!

There are prominent dates in the history of our state. Among them is

6 December 1991, when at the dawn of Ukraine’s sovereignty one of its main institutions was established – the Armed Forces.

The road of the Ukrainian troops has been complicated and thorny, the most heartrending experience for which became the events of 2014, connected with Russian aggression. In spite of the enemy’s insidiousness, today we can confidently state that the Armed Forces of Ukraine, hardened by war, passed this test with dignity.

In the perilous struggle for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, with nation-wide support and assistance from the international community as well as large-scale reforms, one of Europe’s most combat-effective armies capable of repulsing any aggressor was born.

A powerful component of ensuring the national security of Ukraine is our military intelligence, the employees of which perform important tasks in the most threatening directions.

I sincerely thank each one of you for the exhibited high professionalism, adherence to the Oath of Allegiance, patriotism and loyalty to the Ukrainian people.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I would like to wish all of you good health, family prosperity, optimism, faith in a better future, and I wish peace, stability and prosperity to our state!

Glory to Ukraine!

Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine
Major-General Vasyl BURBA