Speech of President of Ukraine on the 23rd anniversary of Military Intelligence of Ukraine
“Intelligence officers are an example of self-devotion, courage and heroism. You actively carry out human intelligence activity, closely monitor the breach of the Minsk agreements, reveal Russian military units in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the President said.
The President particularly noted the Hero of Ukraine, Senior Lieutenant Yevhenii Zelenskyi who sacrificed his life for the sake of our independence. “I am grateful to the parents for son – Hero,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State emphasized that the aggression of Russia and other changes in both external and internal security environment have led to the necessity of creating a new system of national security. According to the President, the intelligence plays an important role in the new National Security Strategy of Ukraine and the Military Doctrine of Ukraine. “In difficult conditions of overt aggression, we need an efficient and active reconnaissance, which is capable of providing all the necessary intelligence information promptly, adequately and accurately for the state authorities to make the right decisions in the sphere of national security,” the President noted.
The Head of State noted that the priorities of the military intelligence for the nearest future are the expansion of capabilities of human intelligence, the increase of potential of radioelectronic, air and space reconnaissance and establishment of cooperation with secret services of NATO and EU member-states.
“We must be prepared for any scenario near our borders and in the international context as well. I am confident that you will further fulfill these important and responsible tasks at the highest professional level,” the Head of State said.
The President noted that the government keeps on observing social and legal guarantees of servicemen and their families despite the economic difficulties. In particular, the state budget for 2015 has increased the expenditures for the housing construction and compensation for housing rental by almost 6 times for the Defense Ministry’s servicemen.
The President assured that the state will further make every effort to create the most favorable conditions for servicemen and employees of intelligence agencies.
The Head of State expressed deep respect to military intelligence veterans. “Your life experience, wisdom and active civil position helped us to withstand in difficult time and are bright example of faithful service to Motherland, guaranty of multiplying the best traditions of military intelligence, increasing the level of military and patriotic education of military intelligence officers”, President said, congratulating on professional holiday.