”This reward belongs to millions of Ukrainians who rose in struggle for freedom, their future, democracy, and justice. The award to EuroMaidan is also a recognition of European aspiration of Ukraine, who shed blood for its European choice. Primarily, this award pays tribute to the patriots of Ukraine who gave their lives at Maidan, it is a commemoration of The Heavenly Hundred’s heroes,” Klitschko said in his speech at the ceremony.
He stressed that Maidan in its struggle for ideals of democracy, integrity and independence of Ukraine continues today in Donbass.
According to the mayor, an award for Ukrainian Maidan in Poland is very symbolic, as Poland supports Ukraine in a hard time of our history. “I am grateful for your true friendship. Today as never before Ukraine needs support and assistance. Poland’s reform implementation and successful European way is a good example for Ukraine. I am sure that my country will also be able to work its way on the road of changes and reform and become a rightful member of the European family,” Klitschko underlined.
Singer Ruslana, Culture Minister Eugen Nyshchuk, President’s Advisor Olga Bohomolets, a journalist and public activist Tetyana Chornovol, Sports Minister Dmytro Bulatov, former Maidan commandant and NCDC Secretary Andriy Parubiy, leader of the Svoboda Party Oleh Tyahnybok entered the delegation.
During the award ceremony, a former President of Poland Lech Walesa stressed that today the world should support Ukraine. “What Russia is doing now are not the actions of our time. Understatement urges ill acts. We cannot turn a blind eye to it. We should struggle for peace once again,” Walesa emphasized.