If you want to learn how to love Ukraine, come and watch how our "Invictus" train - Head of State visited the training of the Ukrainian Invictus Games team

2019-04-05 09:37:47 | ID: 48783

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has attended the training of soldiers who are preparing for participation in the Invictus Games. The games involve soldiers and veterans wounded during hostilities.

“Thank you for preserving unity, fighting for Ukraine, thank you for that fact that we will not give it up to anyone, we will not allow anyone to put it on its knees, we will not allow anyone to humiliate our state. And jointly, we will liberate it from the invader, the aggressor, we will return the Ukrainian sovereignty to every piece of the occupied land. And today, if you want to learn how to love Ukraine, come to Olimpiyskyi stadium for one and a half hour and watch how our ‘Invictus’ train. I’m surely inspired by both optimism and energy that our sworn brothers and friends are demonstrating,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President thanked the athletes for their strength and will to win. “The whole country will see what is happening at Olimpiyskyi stadium, what Ukrainian heroes train here, see the good form of the athletes,” the President said.

Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for rehabilitation of combatants Vadym Svyrydenko told the Head of State that such a training at Olimpiyskyi stadium took place twice a week. “Our training sessions, our rehabilitation take place here. Usually up to 20 people (participate in the training sessions — ed.). And now it’s spring, so many people are involved,” Vadym Svyrydenko said, noting that not only fighters, but also their families were involved in training, therefore that could be called a truly uniting rehabilitation. The Commissioner also noted that the Ministry of Youth and Sports supported the military, in particular, it had provided coaches and the opportunity to train.

Petro Poroshenko thanked Vadym Svyrydenko and First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko for working with combatants.

He also reminded that today the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO was celebrated and Ukraine had done a considerable amount of work for the preparation to the future membership in the Alliance over the last 5 years. “This is a mechanism for ensuring the security of our state — security both at borders and within the state,” Petro Poroshenko said. He recalled that a number of normative documents for the reform of the security sector had been adopted and work in that direction would be continued.

“I am pleased to note that the NATO Trust Fund also makes some efforts to help the ‘Invictus’. This is the form of rehabilitation of boys and girls who come back from the frontline, from the ATO, from the JFO now, who live a full-fledged life. Maybe more full-fledged life than someone who was not in the ATO area,” the President stressed.

The Head of State emphasized: “We will continue our move forward. Experts from NATO countries already help us, including with rehabilitation. They help financially, help today to re-equip the army. Together, this “Invictus” team demonstrates how to love Ukraine, how to live a full-fledged life, what to do at the stadiums. I am convinced that many should come and look at the training of our “Invictus”. Petro Poroshenko recalled how his meeting with the team of athletes in Ukraine and how he had attended the Invictus Games in Toronto, when Ukrainians had taken part in competitions for the first time and showed excellent results, glorifying Ukraine.