Today president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited Pokrivsk, Donetsk Oblast. There he took part in the opening of a reconstructed comprehensive school. The young schoolchildren greeted the president in national embroidered shirts vyshyvankas, read out the poem “Live, Ukraine, live for beauty”, and performed the national anthem. The president said it was one of the best performances he has ever heard in all his life.
I wanted to thank them for the poem, and for the fantastic performance of the anthem. As the president of Ukraine, as a citizen, as a patriot, I am proud of every performance of the anthem. Ukraine has fundamentally changed, including the attitude towards its symbols – the flag, the state coat of arms, and the anthem.
I can tell you, that what I heard today in Pokrivsk is one of the best performances I have ever heard in my life. You performed it fantastically, you felt every single word. Such children grow up to be real Ukrainians. It is highly important that we can listen to such a performance of the anthem here, in Donbas. I sincerely greet you on yet another victory in reviving Donbas.