Volodymyr Zelensky is sure that Russia’s missiles and artillery will not succeed in breaking the unity of Ukrainians and deflecting us from our path.
The President said so in his last address.
Dear Ukrainians! Ukrainian men and women!
On this day, 32 years ago, the Declaration of Ukrainian State Sovereignty was approved. It was the first document of its kind after many years, which confirmed the right of our people to live independently. Independently and democratically. The specific points of the Declaration reflected the realities of the time and the hopes that prevailed in our society. 32 years later, after eight years of war in the Donbass and on the 143rd day of the total war against Russia, it may seem that the text of the Declaration could be different, especially from a security point of view. But at that time this text also had a revolutionary character. The Declaration restored the tradition of establishing the Ukrainian state and it was on its basis that the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was subsequently adopted. And today, as our people fight for independence, we have our right in every sense of the word – historically, politically, culturally and, very importantly – legally. In particular, our people’s confidence in victory rests on this.
Ukraine has withstood brutal blows from Russia. We have already succeeded in liberating part of the territory which was occupied after February 24. We will gradually liberate other areas of our state that are currently under occupation. During such a war, we were able to obtain EU candidate status. We have maintained the stability of public institutions. The electrical system was rebuilt to operate within the European mainland electrical grid. All state logistics processes – military and economic – have been reoriented. Above all, we maintain internal unity, having overcome the conflicts and contradictions that had hindered us in the past.
We must all remember the cost of mistakes and discord that made it difficult for previous generations to achieve the results we have today. We must remember all that our people had to endure until it became possible to restore the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. But our time has added one more thing to all that the strewn path teaches. Its very important. This didn’t happen before. Never in the past, as much as today, did it depend on the ability of Ukrainians to be very careful and circumspect in the field of information. Even today has shown how important it is that we take care of Ukraine and others in what we say and how we live in this time. How many people were scared today by a fake about a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine? After everything that happened the previous weeks. After the Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Chasiv Yar… How many headaches are given every day by the production of horror stories by Russian propagandists and officials… How many problems are Ukrainians creating for themselves by doing trust any anonymous source… It sometimes takes on simply unhealthy forms when social networks and websites deliberately stuff false information from Russia, the sole purpose of which is to add media terror to the terror of missiles and artillery against our country.
Therefore, we also need some kind of emotional sovereignty to not depend on what the enemy is constantly throwing at you and me. So as not to play the media game against Ukraine. Having the power to consciously perceive any information, any message, no matter where it comes from. And to see who needs them and for what, and if Ukraine needs them in particular, if they ease the way to victory for you and me.
Sometimes media weapons can do more than conventional weapons. It is obvious that Russian missiles and artillery will not succeed in breaking our unity and deflecting us from our path. And it should be equally obvious that Ukrainian unity cannot be broken by lies or intimidation, false information or conspiracy theories.
We will remain standing. We win. We will reclaim our, rebuild our lives. We’ll do it together – it’s the only way to do it. This can only be done without mutual competition. It is our obligation to all generations of our people who have fought for the freedom and sovereignty of Ukraine.
I am grateful to all those who fight for the Ukrainian state, who work for victory and who defend our people.
Let’s hold on. Only together!
Glory to Ukraine!