Kyiv Security Forum

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Our motto — Never, never give up. And we will succeed

11 April 2019, 17:31

“Ukraine will not veer off the path towards EU and NATO integration. I am well aware of the challenges and will not come off this path. The Ukrainian people have demonstrated their will. We have power, confidence, faith, reason and an idea. And this means that we will succeed,” said the founder of the “Open Ukraine” Foundation and Prime Minister of Ukraine (2014-2016), Arseniy Yatsenyuk, during the 12th Kyiv Security Forum on April 11.

“I acknowledge every challenge. This isn’t our first challenge and it won’t be our last and this isn’t our first year of challenges. I will not come off this path. Hardships make us stronger. Hardships make us more united. Hardships demonstrate true political will.”

“The Ukrainian people have demonstrated true political will,” he stressed

It is for this reason that the 12th Kyiv Security Forum, as Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized, “is dedicated to the Ukrainian men and woman, who, guns in hand, fight against Europe’s most powerful army — Russia, protected Ukraine, protected her independence and every single one of our citizens”: ”They are great people”

This Forum is also dedicated to “our friends from the European Union and the United States of America”: “Those, who promote democracy in the world. Those, who understand freedom and values. Those, who fight for it, and by doing that, help us.”

“I dedicate this Forum to a tireless warrior and our great friend — late Senator John McCain, who, alongside the Ukrainian people, fought for our freedom,” he said.

“Out motto remains unchanged. Never, never give up. And we will never come off this path. We have power, confidence, faith, reason and an idea. And this means that we will succeed,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.


This year’s Kyiv Security Forum, which took place on April 11-12, gathered a record number of participants — over 1000. Among them — high ranking representatives of state and statehood, diplomats, and experts from over 20 countries.  

The annual “Kyiv Security Forum” was initiated by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk “Open Ukraine” Foundation in 2007. Since then, the Forum has become a platform for high-level, international discussions about relevant matters of national security, as well as the security of the Black Sea region, Europe, and the world.