The ceremony was attended by some MPs and ministers, including First Deputy Speaker Iryna Herashchenko, Deputy Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko, MPs Tetiana Rychkova (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) and Andrii Teteruk (People's Front), Presidential Administration First Deputy Head Vitalii Kovalchuk.
The ceremony was opened with Ukraine's national anthem. President Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians on the occasion of Defender of Ukraine Day.
All the participants observed a moment of silence in memory of fallen Ukrainian warriors.
President Petro Poroshenko poses for a photo
NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov (in beret) welcomes Principal of Ivan Bohun Kyiv Military Lyceum, Hero of Ukraine, Major-General Ihor Hordiichuk (sitting on the chair)
President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech
Photos by Natalia Sharomova, Censor.NET