President of Ukraine

Speeches

Dear Ukrainians! We will celebrate the Day of the Defender of Ukraine tomorrow. Our country is very lucky, because  many courageous and invincible defenders live here. And tomorrow every conscientious Ukrainian will express solid respect and gratitude to our soldiers, volunteers and doctors.

Each leader is responsible not only for the fate of his own country, but also for the fate of the whole world. In my opinion, we all need to realize that a strong leader is not the one who, without batting an eyelid, sends thousands of soldiers to death. A strong leader is the one who protects everyone's life.

My congratulations to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the IX convocation on taking office. It's so unusual to see this hall packed. I would like it to be this way always, not only when there is a standing dinner on the occasion of a solemn session. Start working!

Our land is unique, lovely, unbreakable, incredible, amazing, fabulous, wonderful, beautiful. If it was not for our Homeland, humanity might not even know these words. After all, they were invented to describe Ukraine. And today it marks the 28th anniversary of Independence. Over the years we have done the most important thing. We have multiplied them. Preserved independence and freedom. And we preserve it today. Some people do so at the cost of their freedom, and others at the cost of their life.

Dear Ukrainians! This is not just mine, this is our common victory. And this is our common chance that we are responsible for together.