Sunday, June 19 2016 12:15 EEST
Petro Poroshenko: 'National guards are elite security forces and reliable protection of Ukrainian people!'
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President Petro Poroshenko visited Training Center for preparation and retraining of soldiers-contractors of the Northern Territorial Department of the National Guard of Ukraine in Stare, Kyiv region.

According to the President, the National Guard was one of the first who defended the country from Russian aggression, and thus forever entered the history of defense of Ukraine.

'You are elite security forces of Ukraine. You are a reliable protection of Ukrainians. You will stop any attempts of the aggressor to destabilize the situation in the country. I would like to thank you for that,' Petro Poroshenko said.

'We have jointly stopped the offensive of the enemy and liberated ⅔ of Donbass. The liberation of these parts of Donbass is a great merit of the National Guard as well,' the President noted.

Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the development and preservation of our state were the main tasks for the AFU and other military formations of Ukraine. The President is confident that they will be fulfilled due to the increase of material and technical equipment of the army, improvement of training and selection criteria in the ranks of security forces.

The Head of State noted that almost 300 terrorist attacks had been prevented by the security structures of Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko thanked the leadership of the National Guard for the exemplary performance of tasks, high moral and professional spirit of warriors who demonstrate patriotism, professionalism and discipline in the ATO area and during law enforcement in Ukraine.

'I am grateful that you have a desire and patriotism to defend the Homeland. The selection criteria are so high that we are confident in the quality of the personnel of the Ministry of Defense, National Guard and other security structures. I am proud to be the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of such an army,' the President concluded.

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