Twenty-nine years ago today the Declaration on State Sovereignty of Ukraine was adopted.
For some reason, this holiday is not mentioned often. It’s not a day off, it’s not independence, it’s something not entirely clear.
But that’s not true. At the time, the Declaration on State Sovereignty was a very important and serious step towards independence. When the so-called “new union treaty” was actively being preparing in the Soviet Union and a serious “rollback” of the policy of perestroika and glasnost began, Ukraine clearly stated that it was ready, above all, to defend its own interests.
Therefore, our state independence on August 24, 1991 was not “accidental.” It was not a consequence of the Moscow “putsch.” The proclamation of Ukraine’s statehood was a logical and consistent step after the adoption of the Declaration on State Sovereignty of Ukraine on July 16, 1990.
So I congratulate you all on this holiday! And I sincerely hope that this continuous electoral campaign ends as soon as possible and that we remember that we are not an “electorate,” but free citizens of a free and democratic European Ukraine!
GLORY TO UKRAINE!