Victor Yushchenko took part in a nationwide ceremony “The Green Sprout of the Future.” The event took place at the sixtieth kilometer of the Kyiv-Odessa highway to mark Environment Day, according to the President’s press-office.

When asked about the aim of the ceremony, the Head of State replied, “There are many trees that were planted under Peter the Great and Catherine II and in the 18th-19th centuries, so now it is time to plant trees of the independent Ukraine.”

Mr. Yushchenko also urged all politicians to participate in such ceremonies.

Then he spoke about his intention to develop roads in Ukraine and reiterated that the government was going to spend six billion hryvnyas to fix and asphalt roads in 2006. 

Kyiv Governor Evhen Zhovtyak, Road Administration Head Vadym Gurzhos, and Humanitarian Premier Vyacheslav Kyrylenko attended the ceremony.