Welcome reception on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Security Service of Ukraine held in the SBU
A welcome reception on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Security Service of Ukraine was held in the Ukrainian House with the participation of the people’s deputies of Ukraine, representatives of authorities, clergy, volunteers, fighters of volunteer battalions, journalists, the SBU veterans, families of the SBU officers who fell in the ATO area and the relatives of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes.
The SBU Head the General of the Army Vasyl Hrytsak congratulated the SBU officers who today protect the independence of Ukraine. ‘Sincere gratitude to the SBU officers who in these minutes on visible and invisible frontlines do not let the enemy conquer Ukraine’, the SBU Head mentioned. Vasyl Hrytsak reminded that in summer 2014 there were 20 SBU officers in the ATO area and now there are almost 900 officers and warrant officers.
In 2014 the history forced all to go through great challenges. Because of the Revolution of Dignity and the war launched by the aggressor there was no place left for weakness and treason, especially in the secret service. It turned out that Ukraine was not prepared for a hybrid war. We gained the experience at a high price of our blood. Since the beginning of the ATO 110 SBU officers were injured and 21 died. Their names will forever stay in the honorary lists of their units and in our hearts. 8,500 SBU officers and warrant officers had already faced the war.
As in the past the insidious aggressor with imperial ambitions again encroaches on the freedom of the Ukrainian nation and its lands. ‘Today the whole Ukraine became our forefront. We destroy the enemy not only in the ATO area but in the home front as well. The fight against the enemy became a serious challenge for the SBU. We passed this exam. Today 27 SBU officers got state awards for their service’, the SBU Head said.
‘Now the SBU represents a tandem of professionalism and patriotism. We return the trust of the citizens to the Security Service of Ukraine. We are proud of the support and trust of the Government. The main thing is to continue to work in this direction, to study the lessons of the past and not to lose the chance to become an effective European secret service’, Vasyl Hrytsak stressed.
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