“Recently, Ukraine’s defense industry has undergone a fierce informational pressure. The line of total corruption and collapse of our defense sphere is being sold to society. They spread panic and depression. But life itself refutes these ideas. Here, in the Starokostiantyniv training area, are representatives of dozens of defense enterprises from all over Ukraine,” President Petro Poroshenko said during the working visit to Khmelnytskyi region.
“When I hear the mantra of experts from “sofa battalions” that “everything is gone”, which they’ve been repeating since 2014, it’s worth remembering what we had before 2014 and what we have now. Actually, there is nothing to compare,” he added.
According to the President, before 2014 Ukraine had no state defense order, did not buy new weapons and did not invest in innovations at all.
The President stresses that the time when Ukraine was a bargaining chip in the games of others ended forever. “This happened due to the courage and self-sacrifice of thousands of Ukrainian patriots. We have gained our independence. We made the world respect us,” the Head of State noted.
The President thanked the defense industry workers, noting that due to their tireless work, professionalism and inventiveness, Ukraine does not look helpless and defenseless anymore.
The Head of State noted that today in Starokostiantyniv, where the regular transfer of more than 420 weapons and military equipment took place, Ukrainians saw the result of the hard work of the defense complex of Ukraine.
“No matter how hard they try, they will not be able to disorganize and destroy the Ukrainian army. On the contrary, we will become even more capable of ensuring the fulfillment of the tasks set for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Wherever it is necessary – we will undergo clean-up. But we will not go off the path that leads us to our Ukrainian victory,” the President said.