As reported by the press service of the head of state inhis congratulatory message Yanukovych said: "The past year hasbrought the country new achievements. Ukraine held Euro 2012 on ahigh level, and thus forever wrote its name in the history ofEuropean football.
Next 2013 shouldbe a year of development and social justice. All branches ofgovernment must ensure the maximum social benefit from the economicgrowth and legal reforms.
Start of the newVerkhovna Rada and the Government provides opportunities forconstructive cooperation of all major political forces for thedevelopment of Ukraine.
The main principleof our foreign policy should be to defend the national dignity. Akey response to the new challenges of the global economic crisis isthe unity of the Ukrainian people.
I am sure we areable to unite for our common bright future. Because we are onepeople, we are a big country. I sincerely wish every family healthand coming of dreams and hopes. Let your homes always live in peaceand prosperity!"
For the first timein the history of Ukrain a President addressed the fellow citizensfrom Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.