President of Ukraine To the personnel and veterans of the Foreign Intelligence of Ukraine

Dear Friends!

I sincerely congratulate you on the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first unit of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence and your professional holiday – the Day of the Foreign Intelligence of Ukraine.

It was in those now long past times that national intelligence agencies were born, the basis of activities, the core of the core of which were the spirit and heroic deeds of the spies of the Princely age, Cossack plastuns (scouts), and Bohdan Khmelnytskyi’s omnipresent agents, as well as patriotism and valour of the intelligence officers of the Ukrainian People’s Republic.

Today, as 100 years ago, Ukraine is defending its independence from the Russian aggression. Because what was happening in 1917–1921, those “hybrid” methods of Bolshevik-Ukrainian wars in various forms are used today.

Today the Foreign Intelligence must timely obtain preventive information, needed by the leadership of the country for strategic decision-making, secure the interests of the state in severe competitive external conditions, guarantee the full integration into the Euro-Atlantic intelligence community.

Thank you all for your dedicated service, being able to overcome difficulties, to achieve the goal set.

I am sure that your competence, determination and effective work will continue to contribute to great achievements and successes in serving the Ukrainian people.

I heartedly wish you good health, well-being and happiness to you and your families.

Glory to Ukraine!

Petro Poroshenko