President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in his speech at the military parade in the heart of Ukraine's capital on the occasion of Independence Day, Censor.NET reports referring to the presidential press service.
According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can secure the country's plans for a European future.
"Looking back at more than two years of war, we can confidently say that the enemy has failed to implement all its strategic tasks and bring Ukraine to its knees. 2,504 of our soldiers died for that. We bow our heads in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the peaceful future of Ukraine," Poroshenko remarked.
The participants observed a minute of silence in memory of Ukrainian soldiers and peaceful citizens of Ukraine who died in the war unleashed by the Russian aggressor.
"We'll never forget and never forgive," the president stated.