KIEV (QHA) -

Poroshenko summed up what happened in Ukraine in 2015, focusing on the achievements and outlining plans for 2016.

“Ukraine has held out. We have improved a lot of things in our country. We will remain committed to this path because too many Ukrainians have sacrificed their lives to achieve this goal. Too much blood has been shed, too much effort spent and too many aspirations pinned on making Ukraine a European country,” says a statement on the President’s website.

Poroshenko said that Ukraine has made a lot of progress on its reform path, including launching the National Anticorruption Bureau and National Police and stabilizing the macroeconomic situation in the country.  

The Ukrainian President emphasized that Ukraine, as well as the entire world, would face as many challenges in 2016 as it did in 2015. The challenges include Russian aggression against Ukraine, the war in Syria, ongoing crisis with migrants in Europe, increased terrorist threat and economic crisis.  

Poroshenko thanked the leaders of the nations who supported Ukraine, emphasizing that the major goal in 2016 would be to ensure lasting peace in Ukraine. According to Pyotr Poroshenko, Ukraine, unlike Russia, remains committed to fulfilling the Minsk agreements.

The Ukrainian President also said that it was unacceptable to postpone settlement of the Crimean issue, underscoring the importance of working out an international mechanism to liberate Crimea. According to him, the year 2016 would mark a turning point for Ukraine.

Poroshenko specially thanked foreign diplomats for their support in electing Ukraine as a non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations.

“This is an honorable and yet challenging mission for a country that is facing aggression from a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. We will need your continued support for the duration of our membership in order to put an end to violence and make sure that aggression will not happen again,” Poroshenko said addressing the leaders of the nations who were present during his speech.

The Ukrainian President emphasized the importance of Ukraine-EU relations in 2016, and particularly a referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement to be held in the Netherlands in 2016.

According to Poroshenko, Ukraine sees its future as a member of the EU but pays a lot of attention to developing mutually beneficial relations with other countries. He pointed out the friendly relations Ukraine has with the United States, Germany, France, Lithuania and Poland, Ukraine’s strategic partner.

The Ukrainian President invited the ambassadors and leaders of their countries to take part in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the tragedy in the Babiy Yar and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  

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