The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has congratulated Ukrainian peacekeepers on their professional holiday and wished them peace and tranquility.

“This year marks 25 years since the beginning of the active participation of our country in international peacekeeping activities. Flawless execution of tasks, courage and high professionalism of Ukrainian peacekeepers secured the recognition of Ukraine as an influential actor in European and global security system, and created favorable conditions for the formation of a positive image of our state in the world,” the President said in his congratulatory message posted on the website of the President.

According to him, since independence, more than 42 thousand Ukrainian soldiers of the APU, other military formations and law enforcement agencies took part in peacekeeping missions under the auspices of the UN, OSCE, EU .

“In a difficult time for the state Ukrainian peacekeepers were among the first in defense of the homeland and will successfully apply in peacekeeping operations and missions experience in the area of ATO,” – said P. Poroshenko.

He wished the military and their families good health, peace and tranquility. “Let your high professional and moral qualities to further serve the ideals of humanism and the protection of the lives of the people,” he said.