Turchynov recalled that three years ago the Ukrainians took to Maidan (Kyiv's Independence Square) to protect their right to live in a free and independent country, to protect the future of their children, to prevent turning the country into a Russian colony.
"We won and found ourselves in a looted country with destroyed army and paralyzed security services. The enemy took advantage of the situation and unleashed its aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine," he reminded.
As the then acting president, Turchynov stressed, he called on the patriots to volunteer to defend their motherland: "The National Guard was established then, and Interior Ministry volunteer battalions were formed to become the first units to defend their country with conventional small arms."
"At that time, our volunteers stopped the enemy, made it possible to build a strong Ukrainian army, form a powerful National Guard, but the price was very high. Today, in the Kyiv region, we are unveiling a memorial that will always remind everyone about volunteer heroes, about the guys who did not wait to be called up but volunteered to take up arms and sacrificed their lives for Ukraine, for their children, for their families, for all the Ukrainians," Turchynov said.
The ceremony was also attended by Acting Chief of the National Police of Ukraine Vadym Troian, people's deputies, the families of fallen fighters.