Vadym Novynskyi took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Ilyich Iron and Steel Works (Metinvest) in Mariupol.

Congratulating the employees of the steel plant on the landmark date, Vadym Novynskyi said: "Neither the blast furnaces, nor the rolling mills, nor the workshops are the main value of the plant. The main value is the team of Ilyich Works.

I believe that the plant's employees are real patriots of their country, their city and the region. Through their hard work, employees of Ilyich Works strengthen the economic might of the country, forge its economic independence.

At the same time, I often see examples of showy, fake patriotism in the Verkhovna Rada from the so-called "people's representatives". These people’s deputies learned to speak in a very nice manner, but they did nothing worthy in their life. I think it would be good to send them to the plant, to the hot workshop for “correctional education”. Here they could learn real, labour-based patriotism.

In this regard, I would like to particularly recall Vladimir Boyko. A legendary person and a hero of labour. It was due to his efforts that the plant survived the 90s. Through his efforts, capacity for development of the company in the new century was built. For all of us he is a true standard of dedication to his business, commitment to people and the country.

I am sure that peace and prosperous life will return to Ukraine, and successful future awaits the plant and the entire national steel making industry. And we will do our best to make it a reality."