Addressing both houses of Congress is one of the highest political privileges.
Standing here, I am grateful – and fully aware that this honor goes not to me, but to the people of Ukraine – those brave men and women who are today on the forefront of the global fight for democracy!
Allow me speak to you on their behalf.
I will focus on one thing that is at the core of Ukraine’s existence today: freedom.
There are moments in history when freedom is more than just a political concept.
At those moments, freedom becomes the ultimate choice, which defines who you are – as a person and as a nation.
Ukraine has lived this moment over the last 10 months – and became the scene of the most heroic story of the last decade, a synonym for sacrifice, dedication and the unbreakable will to live free.
Mr. Prime Minister, Speaker Kinsella, Speaker Scheer, Honorable Members of the Senate and House of Commons,
Honorable Members of the Diplomatic Community,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a deeply felt honor to address this distinguished legislative body.
I must thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me to come to Canada, Speaker Kinsella and Speaker Scheer – for giving me such outstanding opportunity to address the Canadian Parliament. I see this as a tribute to my country and the Ukrainian people, and an expression of the unique, distinctive partnership that our nations enjoy.
Let me also just once use the third “official language” of Canada – Ukrainian:
“There are a lot of smart people in our country, but there also are certain discrepancies in so-called Ukrainian mentality, which do not depend on the will of the country’s top leadership, since most of the ordinary people in fact do not want, can not and are not capable of doing anything. In everyday life people very often do things forbidden by faith, morality and law. Neither the state nor its leadership has any control over it. Ukraine is destined to reach the bifurcation point and pass the point of catharsis after which we will all realize that there is no other way but to roll up our sleeves, start working and, most importantly, accomplish something practical, not in word but in deed.”
Anatolii Matios, Theses of the speech delivered at the round table meeting “Problems in business related to development, manufacturing and trading of special technical devices” Kyiv, May 29th, 2012
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On Oct. 13, several hundred soldiers of the National Guard left their military units in Kyiv and the region to rally near the Presidential Administration, demanding the end of draft. National Guard units are staffed though national mobilization, but the terms of service for these particular units have been extended several times beyond the usual one year.
Anatolii Matios, Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor and Yury Viytev, military prosecutor of the Central District, tried for hours to persuade the soldiers to disperse, saying that they were subject to criminal punishment for their actions.
Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Vitaliy Yarema appointed Anatoliy Matios his deputy – military prosecutor. He mentions, before Matios was working with prosecutions’ problems in maintenance the process of law control. He also informed Yuriy Viytev was appointed the Central region’s military prosecutor, Pavel Bogutsky was appointed Eastern region’s military prosecutor, and Nikolay Lysyj was appointed Western region’s military prosecutor.
A coordination meeting of heads of military law enforcement agencies in Southern Ukraine devoted to cooperation in joint activities aimed against criminal offenses among soldiers, including those committed during the counter-terrorist operation. The meeting was attended by prosecutors from Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, by heads of prosecutors’ offices responsible for supervision over observance of laws in the military sector of the Southern region, and by heads of the military authorities.