Addressing the attendees, the head of state noted that the issues of humanitarian and cultural development and consolidation of society were as important as the protection of territorial integrity of Ukraine and its economic restoration, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the president.
"We have to restore the platform for humanitarian discussion. I am confident that in this format, we will be able to discuss the most acute issues of national unity," Petro Poroshenko said.
Speaking of the tasks for the newly established Council, the president noted: "We have to solve the issue of humanitarian development in such a manner that will allow us to demonstrate a unique Ukrainian identity. For there are no more nations in the world like ours".
"We have to strengthen and consolidate our rear in order to have greater stability on the front. Because with a strong and efficient rear, victory will be inevitable," the head of state stressed.
The president reminded that the state and its citizens had achieved a lot in 1.5 years: stopped the aggression of the most powerful military machine on the continent, faced off the greatest economic threats, signed and ratified the Association Agreement with the EU. On January 1, DCFTA will enter into force. The legislative structure has been radically changed allowing the establishment of new anti-corruption and decentralization mechanisms. The judicial reform is currently in progress. It will facilitate the establishment of a genuinely independent court. The EU increases its assistance for Ukraine.
The head of state also noted that the aggressor had directed its efforts to the internal destabilization of Ukraine and subversive activity. It is a threat to the unity of the country. "The aggressor has resorted to this, for it understands that the creation of "Novorossia" had failed due to the efficient actions of our Armed Forces," Petro Poroshenko said.
The president emphasized that society was no more divided in the issues of language, European integration and NATO. "On the contrary, there is a very clear question to the government why we do not intensify the process of joining NATO. There almost no opponents to that," Petro Poroshenko added.
The head of state emphasized that 60% of Ukrainian defenders in the east are Russian-speaking citizens. "People who speak Russian love Ukraine just as those who speak Ukrainian. All these facts show that the previous split in these matters was artificially organized by politicians who attempted to exploit it," he said.
According to the president, the Council will pay special attention to the issue of religion. The president believes that the Church should unite the country. At the same time, he emphasized that he wouldn't interfere with the activities of the church, which should be independent. "Having a united church is a will of people, not authorities. People can demonstrate unity," the president said.