Fellow Ukrainian citizens!
The milestone event of the baptism of the princely Rus had given an impetus to intensive cultural and historical development in the territory of our country. This symbolic date had not only inscribed Kyivan Rus into an orbital curve of the European Christian space, but also foreordained the historical direction of the development of Ukrainian statehood, determined all the further milestones of its formation.
Since the time when Prince Volodymyr the Great had taken a historic decision, Ukraine has become an integral part of the Western civilization model, and throughout all the following centuries our lands have evolved in the context of all urgent European processes - political, legal, social, economic, spiritual, intellectual. The European choice was made by the ancestors of modern Ukrainians at a time when a number of regions of Europe had not yet been baptized and institutions of statehood were only emerging.
May the great accomplishments of our ancestors strengthen our will and the desire to live in a successful European country offering a number of opportunities for self-realization. On this day, we are not just returning to the historical family of European nations, we were part of in the days of the princely Rus, but establishing simple justice, overcoming the negative and the aftereffects of the decay as a result of viscous colonization.
I wish all Ukrainians peace, harmony, well-being, good health, sense of purpose!
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr GROSMAN