Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took part in a solemn ceremony. They saw off the national football team for the European Championship that is to be held in France.
'24 teams - the strongest football teams in Europe - will have the great honor to compete for championship. And it’s great pleasure and joy for us, the Ukrainians that a Ukrainian football team is among them,' he said, speaking at Mikhailovskaya Square in Kyiv.
'I wish them self-confidence, victory and success. I wish them to represent Ukraine with dignity," he told the players.
The President recalled that in 2012 Ukraine hosted the European Football Championship in Donetsk. Ukrainian flags waved and Ukrainian anthem sounded there at that time.
'I am sure that football plays an important role,' - said Poroshenko. He expressed his hope that one soon gets opportunity to sing Ukrainian and football anthems under the yellow-blue flags in Donetsk.
'Your performance on the football fields is not only exciting and hazardous. In fact, it is a huge part of the process of creation of the nation. You are leaving for the European Championship football competition under the chords of our Eurovision’s winner Jamala. I am sure that the results will be the same,' he said.
The Ukrainian team presented the President a ball with the players’ autographs and thanked him for his support.
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