Poroshenko recalled that “20 years ago on this day historical an event for independent Ukraine - Leonid Kadenyuk aboard the American spacecraft Columbia flew into space. ”
And since that time, Ukraine has successfully confirmed its position as a space powerHe wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, it is the Ukrainian launch vehicles "that are launching spacecraft and satellites from different countries around the world into near-earth orbit, and Kiev is an active participant in international space programs."
Recall, Leonid Kadenyuk - the first cosmonaut of independent Ukraine. After the collapse of the USSR, he received Russian citizenship, but in 1995, he changed it to Ukrainian.