Monday. Evening. You know, we used to say: Monday is a hard day. There is a war in the country. So every day is Monday.
And now we are used to the fact that every day and every night is like this.
Today is the 12. 12th night of our fight. Our defense.
We are all on the ground, we are all working.
Everyone is where they should be. I am in Kyiv. My team is with me. Territorial defense is on the ground. The soldiers are in position. Our heroes! Doctors, rescuers, transporters, diplomats, journalists…
Everyone. We are all at war. We all contribute to our victory, which will definitely be won. By force of arms and our army. By the force of words and our diplomacy. By the strength of the spirit, which the first, the second and each of us have.
Take a look at our country today.
Chaplynka, Melitopol, Tokmak, Novotroitske and Kherson. Starobilsk. Everywhere people defended themselves, although there were no weapons. But these are our people, and that’s why they have weapons.
They have courage. Dignity. And so the possibility of going out and saying: I’m here, it’s mine, and I won’t give it away. My city. My community. My Ukraine.
All Ukrainians, men and women, who protested against the invaders yesterday, today and will protest tomorrow are heroes.
We cry out to invaders with you. We stand in the squares and in the streets with you. We are not afraid with you when the invaders open fire and try to chase everyone away.
YOU don’t back down.
WE are not backing down.
And whoever repeated: “We are one people” – certainly did not expect such a powerful reaction.
In the south of our country, such a national movement has unfolded, such a powerful manifestation of Ukraine that we have never seen in the streets and squares there. And for Russia, it’s like a nightmare.
They forgot that we are not afraid of paddy wagons and truncheons. We are not afraid of tanks and machine guns. When the essential is on our side, the truth. As it is now.
Mariupol and Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Sumy. Odessa and Kyiv. Mykolaiv. Zhytomyr and Korosten. Ovruch. And many other cities.
We know that the hatred that the enemy brought to our cities with bombings and bombings will not stay there. There will be no trace left. Hate does not concern us. Therefore, there will be no trace of the enemy. We will rebuild everything. We will make our cities destroyed by the invader better than any city in Russia.
Enerhodar. Chernobyl. And other places where the barbarians just don’t understand WHAT they want to capture. WHAT they want to control. Your work, your hard work on critical objects is a real achievement. And we see it. We are sincerely grateful.
The Ukrainian army holds positions. Good game! It inflicts extremely painful losses on the enemy. Defends. Counter attack. If necessary – can take revenge. Necessarily. For every evil. For every rocket and bomb. For each civilian object destroyed.
Today in Makariv, Kyiv region, they fired at the bread factory. Why? The old bread factory! Think about it – shoot at the bread factory. Who do you have to be to do that?
Or to destroy another church – in the Zhytomyr region. The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin built in 1862.
They are NOT people.
There was an agreement on the humanitarian corridors.
Did it work? Russian tanks worked instead. Russian “graduates”. Russian mines. They even mined the road, which was agreed to transport food and medicine for people and children from Mariupol.
They even destroy the buses which must take people. But… At the same time, they open a small corridor to the occupied territory. For dozens of people. Not so much to Russia as to propagandists. Straight to their TV cameras. Like, he’s the one who saves. Just cynicism. Just propaganda. Nothing more. No humanitarian sense.
The third round of negotiations in Belarus took place today. I would like to say – the third and last. But we are realistic. So we’ll talk. We will insist on negotiations until we find a way to tell our people: this is how we will achieve peace.
Exactly at peace.
We must realize that each day of struggle, each day of resistance creates better conditions for us. A strong position to guarantee our future. In peace. After this war.
Apart from deaths and destroyed cities, the war has destroyed aspirations that once seemed very important, but now… You don’t even mention them.
Almost three years ago, as soon as the elections were held, we entered this building, this office, and immediately began planning our move.
I dreamed of leaving Bankova. With the government and the parliament. Unloading the center of Kiev and in general – moving to a modern and transparent office – as befits a progressive democratic European country.
Now, I will say one thing: I am staying here.
I stay in Kyiv.
On Bankova street.
I don’t hide.
And I’m not afraid of anyone.
As much as it takes to win this patriotic war of ours.
Today I signed a decree to hand over state awards of Ukraine to 96 Ukrainian heroes – our servicemen.
The Second Degree Order of Bohdan Khmelnitsky is awarded to:
Major Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Sak. Commander of the mechanized battalion who entered the battle with the enemy’s battalion tactical group and won thanks to a rational approach to combat and non-standard tactics.
Captain Rostyslav Oleksandrovych Sylivakin. Commander of the mechanized battalion, which successfully fought the overwhelming forces of the enemy, liberating Ukrainian towns and villages in the Sumy region.
The Third Degree Bohdan Khmelnitsky Order is awarded to:
Lieutenant Ihor Serhiyovych Lozovyi. As part of the group, he stopped a column of enemy vehicles numbering about 150 units, which was moving in the direction of the Zhytomyr-Kiev road. Destroy.
Lieutenant Vitaly Viktorovych Poturemets. He showed exemplary courage and composure in battle, destroying a column of enemy equipment near the city of Kiev. He was injured.
The Third Degree Order “For Courage” is awarded to:
Master Sergeant, Motor Platoon Commander Valentyn Viktorovych Baryliuk. Thanks to his brave actions and personal determination, the tank unit received fuel in time and left the encirclement, destroying the enemy on the way.
Our 96 heroes are all like these five!
Our gratitude to all soldiers.
Our gratitude to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!
Our gratitude knows no bounds.
Glory to Ukraine!