President Petro Poroshenko met with history students in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and outlined his vision of the role of history and historians in the life of modern Ukraine.
The meeting was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of birthday of President of the Central Rada of the Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1918), prominent historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky. The Head of State has also awarded the winners of “LIKБЕЗ. Historic front” project and answered the questions of the attendees.
Addressing the students, the President emphasized that the meeting “is not only a tribute to Mykhailo Hrushevsky, but also the beginning of the marathon on commemoration of the 100thanniversary of the events of the Ukrainian national revolution of 1917-1921”.
The President noted that Mykhailo Hrushevsky had become the first man to determine the apparent continuity of historical development and prove that modern Ukraine was based on a “thousand-year tradition of state building”. Petro Poroshenko recalled the words of the scientist about the fact that “the people of Ukraine compared with great Russian people is a people of western culture, one of the richest in eastern oriental influences, yet a western people under the composition of its culture and its spirit”.
The Head of State emphasized the importance of unity and mutual support of Ukrainians today and recalled tragic events of the Ukrainian national revolution of the early XX century when lack of unity within the Ukrainian society had resulted in the defeat and loss of statehood.
Today, the Ukrainian society has united in countering the enemy and stood up for the defense of our country, as stated by the President. “Pay attention to the impressive unity of Ukrainians today. I am thankful to God that Ukrainians are wise people and demonstrate this unity,” he said.
“On the contrary, the Ukrainian political class is unconsolidated and selfish. It doesn’t feel the need to regulate and keep the temperature of political competition within sensible limits given the external circumstances,” the President noted.
The Head of State emphasized that Moscow had always used the benefits of democratic systems in the neighboring states in its own interests, with a view to absorb them: from Novgorod and Rzeczpospolita to Central Europe after the World War II. “Undermining the situation inside our country is also one of the hopes of the Russian aggressor, one of the proven ways for Kremlin to wage a hybrid war against Ukraine,” he said.
Given the abovementioned, the history of Ukraine is a fundamental sphere of knowledge for Ukrainians. It is the basis for supporting our national identity and patriotism, as stated by the President.
“I am proud of the pace of changes in the country,” Petro Poroshenko noted and recalled large-scale decommunization, restoration of justice concerning those who devoted their lives to the struggle for independence and unity of Ukraine, as well as the fact that the Day of Victory over Nazism in the World War II and the Day of Defender of Ukraine are now celebrated under the Ukrainian scenario.