When people defend themselves in a war of annihilation, there are no unimportant things
When people fight back in a war of annihilation, when it comes to the life or death of millions of people, there are no unimportant things. There are no unimportant moments. Everything counts.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasizes this in his last speech.
Strong people of the indomitable country!
Another day of our defense has passed. Another day among many others that gradually, with difficulty, but steadily brings us closer to peace. In peace that no one will give us a gift. We have to understand it clearly. Because there are no subjects in the world that can stop wars and bring peace.
The global security architecture failed. Peace for us will also not be the result of decisions by the enemy somewhere in Moscow. We must not harbor vain hopes that they will simply leave our land. We can only win the peace. We can win it in hard fights and in parallel – in negotiations, and in parallel – in vigorous daily work.
Therefore, each of us must continue to do all we can. In all directions. To support our armed forces. Preserve and develop economic activity in Ukraine – as much as possible now.
To support all our citizens… Wherever they are, whoever they are.
In times of peace, warm words supported the vital forces. And in times of war, it is even more important. When we don’t even know what a person is going through. What a loss. What help a person needs. But we can see that a person needs help. We need to support this person. We should at least hear from this person. Say a few kind words. Something must be done to sustain that person’s life. It must be done. You have to be mindful of everyone around you!
When people fight back in a war of annihilation, when it comes to the life or death of millions of people, there are no unimportant things. There are no unimportant moments. Everything counts. And each can contribute to the victory of all. Someone with a gun in their hand. Someone – at work. And someone – with a warm word and help at the right time.
So do everything you can so that we resist together in this war for our freedom, for our independence. For Ukraine to live.
Through such sincere and constant support for one another, through unity and caring for one another, people can overcome the toughest challenges. And drive out the enemy, which is several times more numerous.
Our defenders continue to regain control of communities in Kyiv and Chernihiv regions. There are more and more Ukrainian national flags in the temporarily occupied areas.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces do not liberate the invaders without a fight. Inflict fire damage. They destroy everyone we can reach.
We are strengthening our defenses in the eastern direction and in the Donbass. We are aware that the enemy has reserves to increase the pressure in the east.
What is the purpose of the Russian troops? They want to take over both Donbass and southern Ukraine. What is our goal? Protect us, our freedom, our land and our people.
Do everything to protect yourself.
Our heroic Mariupol continues to hold back a significant part of the enemy forces. Thanks to this resistance, thanks to the courage and resilience of our other cities, Ukraine has gained precious time. The time that allows us to undermine the enemy’s tactics and weaken his capabilities.
Unfortunately, Ukraine has not yet received enough modern Western anti-missile systems. Did not receive a plane. Did not receive what partners could provide. Could – and still can!
Every Russian missile that hit our cities and every bomb dropped on our people, on our children only adds black paint to the story that will describe everyone on whom the decision depended. Decision whether or not to help Ukraine with modern weapons.
I would like to separately thank the inhabitants of our Enerhodar. These brave Ukrainians who went to a rally today to defend their city. To protect our state
In response, the occupiers opened fire and used grenades against completely peaceful people, who are on their lands, in accordance with their law. There will be an answer for every injured person. And the Ukrainian character cannot be conquered by any pressure or violence.
I am grateful to all who take to the streets of temporarily occupied cities. To all those who are not afraid and go out. I am grateful to everyone who is scared and comes out. To all those who believe that without this decision to defend Ukraine and its freedom, the occupiers can gain a foothold.
And when people protest – and the more people protest – the harder it is for the occupiers to destroy us, to destroy our freedom. This is our common fight! And this will be our common victory.
I would also like to say a few words to those politicians, some deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine who absolutely do not understand what is going on in the hearts of our people. They don’t understand it so much that they even decided to change the national anthem. I have a question for these people: what have you done in your life to give yourself the moral right to change the lyrics of the anthem? Are you exceptional poets? Perhaps you excelled in the battles for Ukraine? Or is it such a time that you can change the anthem whenever you want?
Cool emotions. Stop pretending to be fools. I believe that the authors of these bills and other similar proposals should take up arms and go to the battlefield, if you have the chance. Only then will you understand something.
And even if they accidentally vote for something like that, I still won’t sign such bills. Do not waste time.
I want to turn to another person who doesn’t seem to fully understand what is going on. Not just in Ukraine, but all over Europe. To the Hungarian Prime Minister. He is practically the only one in Europe to openly support Mr. Putin.
We didn’t ask for anything special in Budapest. We haven’t even understood what the others are doing! Act for peace. We did not receive the vital transit of defense assistance, we did not see moral leadership.
We saw no effort to stop the war! Why is that?
All of Europe wants peace. The whole of Europe does not want the battlefield to be moved from Mariupol to Budapest or from Kharkiv to Krakow or from Chernihiv to Vilnius.
All of Europe is trying to stop the war, to restore peace. So why is official Budapest opposed to all of Europe, to all civilized countries? Why?
The main thing for us is people’s opinion. The Ukrainian people support the Hungarian people. The Hungarian people support the Ukrainian people. We place the same value on peace, we place the same value on freedom. It will always be so. We will always live as good neighbours. And I am convinced that our minorities must be the bridges that unite us even more.
Politicians come and go. And the truth remains. That’s what I’m talking about – the truth. And I always say what I think. When I say Hungary, I mean Hungary. And I don’t need to hide my thoughts. If we have to talk about Germany, we talk about Germany. If I need to talk about another country, I talk about another country.
If it’s a war, then I call it a war, not a “special operation”. If it is a threat to the whole of Europe, then I call it a threat to the whole of Europe.
This is what we call the honesty that Mr. Orban lacks. He may have lost it somewhere in his contacts with Moscow.
I spoke today with the president of Colombia. I am very grateful to him for his support and solidarity with Ukraine. The list of countries that honestly say that freedom matters and that war must end is growing.
I also spoke with British Prime Minister Johnson. A meaningful and enjoyable conversation. We agreed on new defensive support for Ukraine. New package. Very, very concrete support. We also agree on the strengthening of sanctions against Russia. Extremely tangible. Agreement on common measures to achieve peace. Thank you Boris for the leadership! Historical leadership. I’m sure and certain.
In the afternoon, I held a big meeting with the economic bloc of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Office of the President. The economic front line is another direction of our struggle for our state, for our people.
We discussed in detail the situation with sowing, the supply of food to Ukrainians, the supply of fuel, the situation in the energy sector, the situation of the main sectors of the state.
The Minister of Finance reported on the state of execution of the state budget, details of negotiations with partners on financial support to Ukraine.
In times of war, economic relations must remain one hundred percent managed, however difficult that may be for all of us. Because it’s a matter of perspective. From the life perspective of more than 40 million Ukrainians, from what our future will be like. Meeting participants were given clear tasks.
And finally. Already traditional.
I signed a decree on state awards to our heroes – the heroes of our state. 131 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, nine of them – posthumously.
Eternal glory to all!
Eternal glory to all those who gave their lives for Ukraine!
Eternal glory to all our defenders!
Glory to Ukraine!