Zelensky promises that his country will resist and defeat Russia
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has assured that his country will overcome all difficulties and sacrifices resulting from Russia’s invasion and attacks and will win the war. “We can run out of money, without fuel, without water or electricity, but not without freedom,” he said in a speech commemorating the Day of Dignity and Freedom, which is observed in Ukraine to commemorate the 2014 Maidan revolution .
In the video, Zelenskyy praises the contribution made by the entire population to keep the country afloat despite Russian aggression, from soldiers to firefighters, including teachers who teach online, to city dwellers who cook for the soldiers , the tailors who sew their uniforms or the farmers who cultivate their land despite the risks. He has also praised their resilience to missile attacks, widespread destruction from Russian attacks, water shortages or power outages in winter.
“We can run out of money, without fuel, without hot water, without electricity, but not without freedom,” the president said in an intervention from the presidential palace in Kyiv.
The Day of Dignity and Freedom commemorates the pro-European protests unleashed between 2013 and 2014, known as the Maidan Revolution (Dignity) and the Orange Revolution of 2004. Both revolts ended in the overthrow of the then government.
To emphasize his country’s resilience, Zelenski’s video included images of his speech, delivered on the same day last year, in which he wore a suit and tie, as opposed to the already standard shirt and military garb he’s been wearing since the invasion . “What has changed in a year? A lot,” he said. “Craters have appeared on our land, there are concrete blocks and armored hedgehogs in our towns and cities, our streets can be dark, our homes can be cold,” he listed. “There are a lot of changes, but [los rusos] they failed to change the most important thing. Because the most important thing is not outside, but inside, and that remains unchanged. That’s why we will resist, we will persevere,” he promised.
He said that in the future Ukrainians will meet on Independence Square in Kyiv, the scene of the mentioned revolutions, “where we will celebrate the Victory Day of Ukraine. In a peaceful Kyiv, in a peaceful Ukraine”. (Reuters)