Nadia Prishlyak 10:05, 24.08.22 UNIAN
According to him, everyone has changed – someone was born a second time, and someone disappeared – dissolved as a person.
Ukrainians reaffirmed their choice for independence by going to the military registration and enlistment offices, the territorial defense, and the volunteer movement. Now we will not seek understanding with the terrorists, and only victory will be the end of the war.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine.
“On February 24, it fell to us to confirm words with deeds. On this day, the second all-Ukrainian referendum actually took place. Again – the main question. Again – the decisive choice. But this time it was necessary to say “yes” not in the ballot, but in the soul and conscience. to the polling stations, but to the military registration and enlistment offices, the territorial defense, the volunteer movement, the information troops, or simply to work steadily and conscientiously in their place, in full force, for a common goal,” he stressed.
According to him, everyone has changed – someone was born a second time, and someone disappeared – he disappeared as a person, personality, citizen, patriot, just like a Ukrainian.
“We will no longer interfere with each other. We have made a choice. For some, this is Mariupol. For some, Monaco,” the President of Ukraine stressed.
He noted that the Ukrainians have united and there is a new nation that was born on February 24, at 4 am. She was not born, but revived, the President emphasized.
“The nation that didn’t cry, didn’t scream, didn’t get scared. Didn’t run away. Didn’t give up. And didn’t forget,” Zelensky said.
He noted that the enemy thought that we would greet him with flowers and champagne, and in return received wreaths and Molotov cocktails, he was waiting for applause, but he hears “clapping”. According to him, the occupiers wanted to parade in the center of Kyiv, but today on Khreshchatyk one can see this “parade” – the broken equipment of the enemy. It doesn’t matter to us what kind of army you have, what matters to us is what kind of land we have. We will fight for it to the end, the President of Ukraine emphasized.
Zelensky said that we used to say that the end of the war is peace, but now we say: victory.
“We will not seek mutual understanding with the terrorists. Although we understand the Russian language, which you came to defend. And they killed thousands of people whom they came to liberate,” he stressed.
At the same time, Zelensky noted that Johnson, who speaks English, is now more understandable and close to Ukrainians than the murderers, rapists and looters who did it all “in Russian.”
“And we don’t sit down at the negotiating table out of fear, with a gun to our heads. For us, the most terrible iron is not rockets, planes, tanks, but shackles. Not trenches, but fetters,” the President of Ukraine stressed.
At the same time, he added that Ukrainians will raise their hands only once – when we celebrate our victory throughout Ukraine, because we do not trade our lands and our people – all 25 regions, without any concessions or compromises.
“Donbass is Ukraine. And we will return it, no matter what this path is. Crimea is Ukraine. And we will return it. Whatever this path is,” Zelensky stressed.