Dear Kyiv polytechnics!

I sincerely congratulate you on the Independence Day of Ukraine!

The history of our country’s independence is a difficult and thorny path that Ukrainians have followed for many centuries.

After the collapse of the Russian Empire and the revolution of 1917, the Ukrainian People’s Republic declared its independence. However, this short period was accompanied by conflicts and wars, which led to the fact that since 1922 Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian SSR. During the Soviet era, it had limited autonomy and independence.

In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian SSR held a national referendum in which the majority of Ukrainians supported the restoration of Ukraine’s independence.

Ukraine’s independence was officially proclaimed on August 24, 1991, after the failure of the “August” putsch in Moscow. Ukraine became an independent state and joined the community of world nations.

Then, Ukraine has continued its struggle for independence and development as a sovereign state. She survived a period of political turbulence and directed her efforts to strengthening democracy, carrying out reforms, and establishing the rule of law.

During this period, the country reoriented to a market economy, clearly defined its geopolitical orientation as a peaceful, democratic, sovereign state, trying to strengthen relations with the European Union and the entire developed world, actively developing its cultural and educational spheres, promoting the disclosure of its own national spirit and heritage.

At the beginning of 2014, Russia launched an undeclared war against Ukraine, which resulted in the annexation of Crimea and armed confrontation in the east of the country.

On February 24, 2022, the Putin regime launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian military aggression is still spreading death and destruction in Ukraine. The legendary courage of the Ukrainian people stunned the world, and the resistance to the invader is continuing and receiving unwavering support from civilized countries.

Together, these challenges and achievements determine the current thorny path of Ukraine in the struggle for independence, development and integration into the global community.

Dear Kyiv polytechnics! I wish the dreamed Victory, the achievement of peace, prosperity and a happy future fate to our country and all our proud citizens!

Rector National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”

Mykhailo Zgurovsky