The main thing from the evening address of the President:
We have lasted for 50 days. 50 days of Russian invasion, although the occupiers gave us a maximum of five. That’s how they “know us”. That’s how they “make friends with reality.”
Russia did not start the war against Ukraine on February 24. Russian troops came to us in 2014. They captured our Crimea. They turned it into one large military base. They have made the Black and Azov Seas one of the most dangerous seas on the planet. They started a terrible, infinitely cynical war in our Donbass. They have been killing our people for eight years. 14 thousand dead during this time!
During the 50 days of full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, they showed that Donbas is the main target for Russia. It is Donbas that Russia wants to destroy in the first place. It is the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that Russian troops are destroying as if they want only stones left. And so that there are no people left at all.
I remember the first day of the invasion of the Russian Federation. I remember being told on February 24. In particular, the strong of this world. To put it mildly, no one was sure that we would survive. Everyone sympathized. Many advised to leave the country. Advised to actually surrender to tyranny. But they didn’t know us either. And they did not know how brave Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom. Our opportunity to live the way we want. Not the people who run in such a way that their army sees toilets for the first time in their lives except in the occupied territories and steals even ordinary household appliances.
The occupiers will be responsible for everything they have done in Ukraine. For everything they did against Ukrainians. They will be responsible for Bucha, Kramatorsk, Volnovakha, Okhtyrka. For Gostomel and Borodyanka. For Izyum, for Mariupol and all other cities and communities of Ukraine, which the Russian army rejected 80 years ago. At that terrible time, about which everyone in the world has always said: “Never again.”
I am grateful to everyone who supported our state. Who immediately asked what to help. Who stood with us back to back and helped to get what is necessary for the defense of our state.
These 50 days have shown me in a different way many world leaders. Different states. I have seen great generosity in those who are not rich themselves. I saw the extraordinary determination of those who were not taken seriously by global leaders. I have seen that the democratic world does have those whose will is enough to protect freedom from the onslaught of tyranny.
During the 50 days of this war, Ukraine became a hero for the whole free world. For those who have the courage to call a spade a spade. For those who are not poisoned by propaganda. You have all become heroes. All Ukrainian men and women who have survived who do not give up. And who will win. Which will return peace to Ukraine.
I spoke today with our team, which will take part in the international sports competitions “Games of the Unconquered”. Among them are both veterans and servicemen who are currently defending our state.
Signed decrees on rewarding those who excelled in the defense of the state. 221 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 34 of them posthumously. And two employees of the State Special Service.
The title of Hero of Ukraine was awarded to Major Kukurba Oleksandr Vasyliovych, Chief of Intelligence of the 299th Tactical Aviation Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Thanks to his courageous actions, dozens of enemy vehicles and hundreds of occupiers were destroyed.