No state in the world invests more in terrorism than Russia, and this requires a legal response.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this in video messagereports Ukrinform.
I wish you good health, dear Ukrainians!
Today we celebrated the Day of Ukrainian Statehood for the first time, and I was glad to see how many people took this holiday to heart and congratulated on it, and smiled, and were proud of Ukraine.
It seems that we should have been celebrating such a day for many years – it is so logical. But this holiday was established only last year. And now, forever.
During a solemn meeting in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, I presented military awards to our soldiers – the Crosses of Military Merit. In particular, Colonel General Alexander Syrsky, Commander of the Khortytsya Operational-Strategic Command, Major General Andrei Kovalchuk, Brigadier General Andrei Gnatov, Brigadier General Mikhail Drapaty, Colonels Yevgeny Bulatsik, Nikolai Mishakin and Oleg Fedoriv, Lieutenant Colonel Pavel Rozlach, Majors Ruslan Maryshev and Denis Nokhrin, Captain Dmitry Beregovoy, Senior Lieutenants Dmitry Linnik and Anatoly Tantsyura, Medical Lieutenant Yulia Golovna, Sergeant Pavlina Nikolaevich, Staff Sergeant Roman Palamarchuk, Junior Sergeant Alexander Rogachevsky, Senior Sailor Elena Zablotskaya and Soldier Sergei Mishchenko. I thank everyone for their service and for their performance in battles!
Today, in the Mariinsky Palace, I presented the passports of citizens of our state, young Ukrainians and Ukrainian women – boys and girls who were forced to leave their homes due to hostilities, young volunteers, winners of All-Ukrainian Olympiads, children of our soldiers defending Ukraine, and children of those who gave their lives for the independence of the state. An inspirational ceremony affirming the power of Ukrainian citizenship! In such children is the future of Ukraine, in their sincerity and intelligence. I am proud to be the President of such citizens.
I had the honor to thank one of our greatest friends, Mr. President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda, for his support and extremely significant things that strengthened our defense. The Head of the European Parliament Roberta Matsola, our principal friend in European structures, addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in a special format.
There were important telephone conversations. In the morning – with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I thanked him for his prayers for Ukraine, for the wishes of victory and peace. In the evening I spoke with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte – very informative about our further cooperation.
Held a regular meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander. We considered four questions. From what we can say now publicly: we analyzed the state of providing – for today – with weapons to our defenders, the supply of assistance from partners and, in general, the state of implementation of the Defense Plan of Ukraine, which was put into effect on February 24.
Only for the first half of these days and only in Kyiv there were four air raid alerts. the Russian army launched missile strikes in the Kiev region, in Kropyvnytskyi, hit on Nikolaev, continued a series of strategically senseless and cruel assaults in the Donbass … I thank each and every one who repels this terror.
And I also want to thank the US senators who unanimously approved a resolution calling on the US State Department to recognize Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. You can take any day in Ukraine – today or any other after February 24 – to see that no one in the world invests in terrorism more than Russia. This really requires a legal response on a global level. And there is no rational reason why there should not be such a reaction, in particular in the USA.
We continue to accumulate international humanitarian support. I am glad that Demna, the creative director of the fashion house Balenciaga, has become the new ambassador of the state charity platform United24. He told me that the decision to become an ambassador for United24 stems from his personal history, because he went through the trauma of being a refugee. And Demna will help Ukraine in the direction of recovery. Recall that Andriy Shevchenko, Elina Svitolina, Liev Schreiber and Imagine Dragons have already become United24 ambassadors.
We will do everything so that there is no indifference in the world to this terrible war that Russia has unleashed against our country and the very idea of freedom.
We will definitely win!
Once again, I congratulate you on the Day of Ukrainian Statehood!
Glory to Ukraine!