In an address to the nation from Kiev on Independence Day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that his country would fight for its land “until the end.”
“It doesn’t matter to us what kind of army you have; what matters to us is our land. We will fight for it until the end. We are holding on for six months. It is difficult for us, but we clenched our fists, fighting for our fate. Every new day is a new reason not to give up. Because, having gone through so much, we have no right not to reach the end. What is the end of the war for us? We used to say ‘peace’. Now we say ‘victory’, “Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president went on to say that Kiev would ‘not seek an understanding with the terrorists,’ adding, “We don’t sit down at the negotiating table with a gun pointed at our heads.”For us, the most terrible iron is not missiles, aircraft, and tanks, but shackles. Not trenches, but fetters. “
Zelensky also assured that the Ukrainian flag will be “everywhere it should be by right,” including Donbass and Crimea. “We are facing this day in different circumstances, conditions and even in different time zones, but with one goal-preservation of independence and victory of Ukraine! We are united, “Zelensky concluded.
Independence Day is the main state holiday in modern Ukraine and is celebrated on August 24 in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991. Destroyed and captured Russian military equipment is reportedly displayed on Khreschatyk Street in Kiev as part of celebrations.