In Zaporizhzhia, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in the Living Chain flash mob on the occasion of the Day of Unity of Ukraine. More than 1,500 people holding ribbons connected the banks of the Dnieper River through a newly built cable-stayed bridge, which symbolizes the unity of the Ukrainian state.
"Today we celebrate a great holiday - the Day of Unity of Ukraine. The reunification of Ukrainian lands into a single independent state began 103 years ago. The Act Zluky was proclaimed 103 years ago. This is a truly significant event in the history of statehood of Ukraine, which provides two important guidelines for all future generations. If the struggle is not stopped, sooner or later the united and independent state will be fully restored. If true unity is not achieved, independence will be lost," the President said before the flash mob.
According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, remembering the first guideline, generations of freedom fighters of Ukraine did not give up until 1991 to restore the independence of our state. And the task of our and all future generations is to remember the second guideline to preserve this independence.
"Our views may be completely different, but they should never be more important than Ukraine, indivisible and independent. Yes, it is really difficult, it is not easy to unite. Only a strong nation can be united. Only a united nation can create a strong country that lives, that builds hospitals, stadiums, planes, ships, landmarks," the President stressed.
The President also addressed the Crimean people and Ukrainians living in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions: “More than a hundred years ago, the Act Zluky was proclaimed. The parts of united Ukraine, separated from each other for centuries, have reunited. Today, Donbas and Crimea, unfortunately, have been separated from Ukraine for eight years. But for us this time is like a century. I know we will definitely be together. And I'm sure not after centuries, but as soon as possible. In Donetsk and Crimea, we will definitely proclaim a new Act Zluky and celebrate it every year. There are traditions that should definitely emerge in the future."