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A solemn meeting on the occasion of the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took place in the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine

December 4, 2015
For a second time, the holiday is celebrated in complicated conditions due to the armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine

The Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, representatives of the authorities of the Administration of the President of Ukraine, the NSDC of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, non-governmental and veteran organizations, local state bodies, cadets of the Kyiv Military Lyceum named after Ivan Bohun and pupils of the sponsored educational institutions came to congratulate the intelligence men on the occasion of the feast.

The solemn events began from the speech of the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, who talked about the complicated security situation in Ukraine, due to Russian armed aggression, and collapse of the system of collective security in Europe because of this aggression. Speaking of the revival of the national Armed Forces, Oleksandr Valentynovych gave a high evaluation of the place of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine in providing the government of our state with intelligence data that helped to stop the strong and treacherous aggressor.

“It was considered prestigious to serve in the intelligence until the war. Today, only highly-professional and patriotic person always ready for self-sacrifice in the sake of Ukraine can serve in the intelligence because of the difficulties of the assigned tasks”, - noted the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine.

After the announcement of the orders for promotion of the personnel, the Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Valerii Kondratiuk addressed to all the present. Valerii Vitaliiovych admitted that the war of a new type, started by Russia, distorted the system of global and regional security, the acting system of the international law, and has become a long-term factor of the destabilizing influence not only on the Ukrainian, but also on world's political, economic, military and social reality. In such conditions, the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine needs full modernization and achievement of operative and technical compatibility with the armed forces of the other state members of NATO.

Lieutenant General Valerii Kondratiuk reminded all the names of the DIU officers who died in ATO and suggested all the present to honor the perished, who gave their lives for freedom and independence of our state, by a minute of silence. After laying the flowers to the monument of ATO warriors, the Chief of the DIU stopped at the tasks of the defence intelligence and told good news to the present. Despite the complicated economic situation in the state, the Ukrainian government uses means for enhancement of social and law guarantees to the DIU personnel and their families. A significant event that will happen soon will be award of orders for new flats to the DIU personnel, who showed themselves during ATO, by the President of Ukraine.

“I believe that with the God in the soul and Ukraine in the heart, we will win and revive the territorial integrity, peace and stability in our country along with millions of Ukrainians who help the soldiers at the frontline by every possible means”, - admitted Valerii Kondratiuk.

After that, there was another pleasant event for the DIU personnel. The veteran of the defence intelligence, present in the hall, Volodymyr Kuzovenko, hero combat veteran, who during the World War II called fire upon himself carrying out combat missions, was solemnly awarded with an extract from the Order of the Chief of the DIU about adding the information about V.F.Kuzovenko to the Book of Glory of the DIU. Noteworthy, in November 7, 2015, Volodymyr Fedorovych celebrated his 90th Birthday. He is still a sincere friend and wise mentor for the modern generation of the Ukrainian scouts.

At the end of the event, there was a short, but very warm and bright concert full of sincere respect for the defenders of Ukraine. He began with the premiere of the song about the Ukrainian scouts. The song was written by the People’s Artist of Ukraine, laureate of many national and international contests Oleksandr Zlotnyk. Oleksandr Yosypovych, who was present in the hall, personally congratulated the DIU personnel on the occasion of the holiday and granted them his new song. After that, loud applause became weaker, but just for a while, because professional artists and, what is particularly pleasant, little Ukrainians – participants of amateur teams – presented the intelligence men their musical and choreographic gifts.