President Petro Poroshenko said that he supports those who have already forgotten what day we earlier marked on February 23. A few years ago, Ukraine celebrated Defender of the Fatherland Day, which coincided with the holiday of the Russian army. This Poroshenko said during his speech in Lviv, reports 112 Ukraine.
First celebrated in 1919, the holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow.
"Today is February 23. I firmly believe that you have definitely forgotten what this day is. And I want to support this fact with applause, support all those who have forgotten. Why? Because this is the way it should be. The changes consist of small components that form a new Ukraine. The changes in the calendar vividly illustrate how Ukraine is changing,” Poroshenko said.
For a long time, on February 23, Ukraine celebrated the Defender of the Fatherland Day, but since 2014, our country has refused this holiday. The Ukrainian military has its own holiday - the Day of Defender of Ukraine, which is celebrated on October 14. At the same time, February 23 is still celebrated in some post-Soviet countries and is considered the most important "male" holiday.
Earlier, President Poroshenko claimed the necessity of increasing the presence of the NATO military ships in the Black Sea due to Russian aggression. The press service of the Head of State reports this.
According to Poroshenko, the Russian Federation uses Crimea for deploying missiles there, what creates an extremely dangerous situation and destabilizes the region.
"We must increase the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea," the President said. At the same time, he noted that "after the illegal annexation of Crimea, the balance of strength in the Black Sea was completely destroyed."
The President does not rule out the opportunity of further aggression by the Russian forces in the Black Sea.
"That is why the presence of NATO ships will be a factor of stabilization," the Head of State said.