On December 1 our country celebrates the second most important holiday after Independence Day – the All-Ukrainian Referendum of 1991. Tens of millions of Ukrainians, who were backed by generations of fighters for Motherland’s freedom and liberty, said their convincing Yes to the All-Ukrainian Referendum.
The Ukrainian nation obtained its independence 31 years ago and gained the opportunity for self-fulfillment and self-development among the free peoples of the world. Exit from the totalitarian state took place in a peaceful, legal way – the society unanimously supported the long-standing aspiration of Ukrainians to have a state of their own. The Declaration of State Sovereignty, the Act of Ukrainian Independence and the All-Ukrainian Referendum of December 1, 1991, as well as the recognition of the young state by the international community, put the final point in this issue.
The development of our own statehood, the reform in the Soviet model of economy and state sectors, and the development of civil society institutions were complicated processes that proved to be quite difficult for Ukraine. However, despite the challenges, Ukrainians have demonstrated unwavering steadfastness in upholding the democratic European path of development and political and economic freedoms.
We have paid and continue to pay a high price for our European choice, but we will never stop fighting for a successful independent Ukraine.
May confidence in our own abilities never leave us, because our mission is an independent, successful and feasible European country. And we will definitely achieve our goal, because there is no obstacle that would be insurmountable for the community of free, honest, courageous people.
Honorary consul of the Republic of Moldova