Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has called on the Ukrainian people to unite. He made the call at an event to mark the 148th anniversary of the reburial of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Kaniv, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"Today, I'm addressing the Ukrainian people with a message of our unity... I'd like to tell ordinary people, politicians, businessmen, believers and nonbelievers one thing - nobody can separate us," Yuschenko said.

He said that the challenges currently facing Ukraine "are possible and natural."

Yuschenko said that the public should understand that the "subject of unity is our password and our test."

He said that present Ukrainians had witnessed the independence of their country, which was a dream of the Ukrainian writer.

"Many things could not have happened today without him [Shevchenko]," Yuschenko said.

The head of state made the statement after climbing Tarasova Hill for over an hour.

"We've just walked the most important Ukrainian path - the way crusaded by Taras Shevchenko 148 years ago," he said.

In his opinion, "everybody who walks this path, no matter how old he or she is... definitely returns as a Ukrainian."

Yuschenko said that the path was the path to Ukraine's future.


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