President of Ukraine

Address by the President of Ukraine on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom

21 November 2020 - 09:01

Address by the President of Ukraine on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom

Fellow Ukrainians!

Today we celebrate the Day of Dignity and Freedom. A special day associated with the beginning of two revolutions. Both they and the Student Revolution on Granite, the thirtieth anniversary of which was celebrated on October 2, prove one truth: in crucial times of history, the Ukrainian people, not politicians, will always have the final word.

What changes took place and what did not take place after the revolutions, whether the reforms reflected the values that the people defended at the barricades, whether they lived up to expectations - this can be discussed for a long time.

But there is the greatest achievement that cannot be denied.

This is a new consciousness. Of both citizens and authorities. Every citizen knows that the phrase "nothing depends on me" is a myth. Together we can do everything. And each government in Ukraine will have at least three symbols, three reminders that you can never go against the will of your people. Because we will not be silent, we cannot be intimidated or broken. Ukrainians are ready to fight for truth and justice - even at the cost of their own lives.

We stand ready to defend freedom of choice, freedom of speech and thought, equality, respect, the rule of law and democracy. And most importantly - to defend native Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Today, we must not only remember the key moments of our history, but also learn important lessons.

For people, revolution is the path to desired change. For politicians - the path to desired seats.

So, together with you, not listening to old politicians, we have to continue the difficult construction of a really new Ukraine every day. Free and worthy.

Where the law will always come first, not last names or past merits. Where, years after the landmark historical event, there will be a museum, not a temporary structure. Where all the positive changes written on the posters held by the protesters in the cold winter will become a reality.

Where dignity, freedom, equality, decency and honesty will be not temporary constructions, but inviolable values. For all of us. For each of us. For our whole society.

As a memory of everyone who died for Ukraine.

As a fire that illuminates a common path to the future.

Happy Day of Dignity and Freedom, fellow citizens of Ukraine!

Glory to Ukraine