On September 7, at the Embassy of Ukraine in Sofia, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the country – H. E. Dr. Mykola Baltazhy, and his wife, Mrs. Paraska Baltazhy, gave a state reception on the occasion of the national holiday.

On August 24, 1991, the independence of Ukraine from the USSR was announced. And Bulgaria was one of the first countries to recognize it - on 5 December 1991.

In his welcoming speech, the Ambassador noted the importance of the enactment of the EU - Ukraine Association Agreement of September 1, the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens (since June this year) and informed the guests about the achievements of the Ukrainian people during the years of independence as a result of systemic reforms.

H. Dr. Mykola Baltazi expressed his gratitude to the President of Bulgaria, the National Assembly and the government for the support of the territorial integrity and state sovereignty of Ukraine. The Ambassador also emphasized the importance of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Kingdom of Bulgaria, which will be celebrated in 2018.

We will only bring to mind that during the First World War and the German-Austrian occupation of Ukraine /April-November 1918/ Bulgaria established diplomatic relations with the country by sending a great Bulgarian – Dr. Ivan Shishmanov as its plenipotentiary minister to Kiev. He handed out his credentials on June 7, 1918. In August the same year Ukraine also opened its mission in Sofia, led by the Plenipotentiary Minister Alexander Shulgin. After the withdrawal of the German troops and the inclusion of the country in the USSR, the diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine were suspended.

The photos were provided by the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Many guests attended the reception – officials, friends of the Ukrainian people and Ukrainians living in Bulgaria. Among them were the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emilia Kraleva and the Deputy Minister of Defense Atanas Zapryanov.