President of Ukraine, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated Ukrainian servicemen and veterans on the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"We gladly honor those, who dedicate their lives to serving their Motherland, who were at the origins of creation of our army, who are now protecting the state, provide peace and security of our citizens," he said at a ceremony of celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The President stressed that effective and efficient army is extremely important for the establishment of an independent state, as it protects its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Viktor Yanukovych expressed said that for twenty years of independence of Ukraine, the Armed Forces have been a reliable factor of national security.

"Our goal is to create a modern, professional, powerful, well-equipped, and mobile army that acts as a reliable guarantor of security of our country," he said.

Viktor Yanukovych wished the Ukrainian military men success in improving their skills, enthusiasm, and belief in the power of their own country.

On the occasion of the holiday, the President presented national decorations.

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