During his working visit to Lithuania, President Petro Poroshenko visited the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Vilnius, where he met with the Ukrainian community of Lithuania.
“It is hard to imagine a more symbolic place than this temple of God. More than 500 years ago, in 1514, Konstanty Ostrogski built not only a temple of God, but also a symbol of the unification of Lithuania and Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said. “This is not just a symbol of our friendship, but a symbol of the fact that when Lithuania and Ukraine are united, nobody will win us. Let everyone hear it,” the President noted.
Petro Poroshenko added that the second birth was granted to the temple during the restoration of Lithuania's independence, due to the activities of the Ukrainian community of Lithuania with the support of former Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, Vytautas Landsbergis.
"This is the restoration of the power of God, which protects our two great nations. It is very important that here, from Vilnius, a prayer for Ukraine, for peace in our country is heard every day. A prayer for Ukrainian soldiers who protect not only the Ukrainian land, but peace, freedom and democracy throughout Europe," the President said and emphasized that "Lithuania clearly understands this".
The Head of State expressed his gratitude to the holy fathers, the community, and the Lithuanian people for their tremendous help to Ukraine. "The first weapons, after the beginning of Russian aggression in 2014, came to Ukraine from Lithuania, the first humanitarian aid. The first wounded Ukrainian soldiers, and the largest number, were accepted by Lithuania," he said.
"Today, Lithuania was the greatest ally, the greatest lawyer who gave Ukraine an opportunity to say the final farewell to the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire and return through the visa-free regime to the European Union," the President said and reminded that it was in Vilnius that the Association Agreement was to be signed opening the door for Ukraine to return to the European family.
The President also stressed that the "European Plan for Ukraine", which was voted by the Seimas and created, inter alia, by the team of our great friend Andrius Kubilius (Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania in 1999-2000 and 2008-2012 - ed.), came from Lithuania.
"Let me repeat the words that were first heard in this temple more than 500 years ago: when Lithuania and Ukraine are together, we are invincible," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State also noted that today, when the Ukrainian delegation entered the temple, the first thing they saw was the photo from Maidan. "What could have been heard very often on Maidan - together to victory. Today, it is relevant for both Ukraine and Lithuania. Glory to Lithuania and glory to Ukraine," he stressed.
The President watched the photo exhibition devoted to the Revolution of Dignity.
The Head of State also spoke with representatives of the Ukrainian community.