Dear colleagues, combat sworn brothers!
A quarter of a century separates us from the time when a group of patriotically-minded officers and generals commenced meticulous work on the establishment of a single command and control organ for intelligence elements which, at the time, were subordinated to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, an equally important process took place - the formation of an integral part of the Ukrainian national security system – our Military Intelligence. On this basis, a powerful monolith emerged, bringing together professionals devoted to Homeland and military duty.
The twenty-five year path of the Military Intelligence has been filled with numerous achievements, thrill of victories as well as recognition of its considerable merits at the national level, and, unfortunately, bitterness of losses.
Our combat sworn brothers, who remained loyal to the Military Oath up to their last breath and laid their lives for the sake of peace, liberty and the best future of Ukraine, will stay imbedded in our memory. Their names will remain inscribed with golden letters in the glorious records of the Military Intelligence of Ukraine for all eternity.
In his time, a renowned 20th century Polish poet and philosopher Stanislav Yezhi Lets noted: “Peace is guaranteed only if you bury the axe of war along with the enemy”. And we will accomplish this! As long as Ukraine has patriots who are strong in spirit and ready for self-sacrifice we are an unconquerable nation!
I am confident that through the powerful potential and highly-efficient activity of our workforce the Intelligence Service will continue to occupy a worthy place in the sphere of security and defence of Ukraine with deep trust from top state authority, the Ukrainian society and with an image of one of the best Services in Europe.
On the 25th anniversary of the Military Intelligence of Ukraine I congratulate all those who have devoted their lives to the noble and honorable deed – protection of the national interests of our state, those for whom the profession of intelligence officer became a calling, those who, amidst the fierce reality, are performing and supporting vital tasks not only for Ukraine but also abroad!
I wish all of you good health, peace, well-being, prosperity and further professional success!
Glory to Ukraine!
Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Vasyl BURBA