August 24, 2021. OTTAWA, ON. Today, the Ukrainian people and Ukrainians around the world celebrate the 30th anniversary of the renewal of Ukraine’s independence and statehood. Вітаємо!
On August 24, 1991, Ukraine’s Parliament, exercising the inviolable right of the Ukrainian people to self-determination, declared Ukraine an indivisible, democratic, independent State.
The history of Ukraine is defined by the Ukrainian people’s enduring faith in their right to live free in their own land, to choose their common destiny as a nation. That faith unites Ukrainians from Lutsk to Luhansk, from Sumy to Symferopil. Through centuries of foreign occupation and subjugation, that faith in freedom was never extinguished.
Today, the freedom of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s statehood is defended by the courageous men and women of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, who protect their country from Russia’s war of aggression. As we celebrate Ukraine’s independence, we pay tribute to those whose bravery and valour made it possible, and to those who safeguard that independence today. May God protect them.
As Ukrainian Canadians, we are proud of the leading role that Canada plays in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and in building a democratic and prosperous Ukraine. We thank the personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine, for their service to Canada and their commitment to the shared ideals of the Canadian and Ukrainian people.
Слава Україні! Героям Слава!