UKRAINE'S SOVEREIGNTY IS INVIOLABLE!
On this day, 30 years ago, the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine.
With no exaggeration, this is the first step to the independence of our state, which was proclaimed in just over a year. However, the first Independence Day of Ukraine was celebrated on July 16 (1991).
The most important document in our history was adopted by a constitutional majority of 355 votes. The Declaration proclaimed the state sovereignty of Ukraine "the supremacy, independence, completeness, and indivisibility of the power of the Republic within its territory and independence and equality in foreign relations". The territory of Ukraine within the existing borders was declared inviolable, the exclusive right of Ukrainian people to own, use, and dispose of the national wealth of Ukraine was also underscored.
Today, 30 years later, as a free country, we again have to fight for our sovereignty and independence. For the seventh consecutive year for the state sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, our boys and girls have been fighting in a trench near Avdiivka in Donbas, on the Crimean Peninsula, from the rostrum of the United Nations, in international courts, defending the right of Ukrainians to its territory and its rights. In 2014, having despised all norms of international law, having forgotten about its promises under the Budapest Memorandum, Russia cynically encroached on our sovereignty, on our territorial integrity.
Ukraine's path to independence is thorny, but we will overcome it. We know it, and we make every effort for it, because in Sevastopol, Donetsk and Luhansk the national flag of Ukraine will be officially raised again, the democratic system, freedom of speech will return there, the right and freedom of citizens will be respected again, the real rule of law will reign again, as it is stipulated in the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine!
Happy holiday, Ukraine and Ukrainians!