At the beginning of his visit to New York, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the Ukrainian community. "It is increasingly important for Ukrainians to feel the unity of the world today," the Head of State said.
The President thanked the Ukrainian community of the United States for the contribution to the development of the Ukrainian army. According to the Head of State, recent Ukraine-NATO training on overcoming consequences of emergencies in Yavoriv training center showed that it is interesting not only for Ukrainians to learn the experience of our American partners, but also for Americans to learn the experience of Ukraine in hostilities.
"Ukrainians will never lose, because truth is with us, God is with us, we are defending our land. It is not us who came to the foreign territory. And it doesn't matter what language Ukrainians speak: Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, Russian or European," Petro Poroshenko said.
"We urgently need Transatlantic unity. We need solidarity with Ukraine, because there is nothing more important than Ukraine in the world today. It is a civilizational struggle, not an internal conflict, as the aggressor is trying to show," the President said.
According to the Head of State, the best scenario is when Russia withdraws troops, liberates hostages, we restore control over the border and peace returns to Donbas within a week. The key element of de-escalation is the Minsk agreements, as stated by Petro Poroshenko.
"We are fighting for the freedom of the world, democracy in the world. That's why we will win," the Head of State emphasized.
The President called it a "good tradition" to begin every foreign visit with a meeting with Diaspora. "They are true heroes who made a significant contribution to Ukraine's struggle for freedom and are now making a vital contribution to the reformation of the country," he said.
Diaspora makes a great contribution to the international support of Ukraine. "Such support is the key to our victory," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President granted the Order of Princess Olga of the III grade to President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Tamara Gallo-Olexy.
In her speech, Ms. Tamara noted that Ukrainians of America had initiated their own Euromaidan in support of Ukraine. "The entire Ukrainian community of America stands side by side with brothers from Ukraine. The time has come for the world community to defend fundamental principles of the United Nations for the preservation of security and stability," she emphasized.
Tamara Gallo-Olexy invited the President to visit Washington in November to participate in the ceremony of opening the Holodomor Victims Memorial.