Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to destroy Europe as we know it, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed.
In a video address on the morning of the 19th day of the Russian invasion, President Zelensky said that “the Russian state has been preparing for war for decades…and the destruction of Ukraine, Europe , as we know it, as we appreciate it.
However, he also said that Ukraine has inflicted such losses on Russia that the “enemy” no longer knows “where to look for help. Help for himself. Help for the ‘invader. It’s pathetic’. And he called on the Ukrainian people to ensure that the country’s economy is “preserved and restored”.
“Life must appear on the streets of cities,” President Zelensky said. “Where security allows. Where people can provide it. Pharmacies, commerce, any business that can work. For the country to live. For the restoration of Ukraine to begin already. And it depends on everyone of us, of each one of us who is able to work.
“The economic suppression of Ukraine is one of the tasks of the war against us. And we must also defend ourselves against this. Save our economy. Save our people.”
Speech by President Zelensky in full, in English:
“I wish you health, dear Ukrainians! Good weather, which we hardly notice now. Clear skies… There is nothing like it over Kyiv today. ‘other cities of our state. Due to missile strikes, traces of enemy aircraft.
“The streets are quiet, but I know, I believe it’s not for long. Not forever. That’s why we work. That’s why we fight. That’s why we don’t give what belongs to us. Today we celebrate our purely Ukrainian holiday. Day.
“It’s our ability to unite instantly during hardships, find common ground and fight together that creates our character, the Ukrainian character. We may not notice each other in everyday life Okay, it happens to us.
“But when we see a threat to our way of life, to our spirit, when we see a threat to Ukraine, our state, we don’t even hesitate for a moment. If we are Ukrainians. We unite. We do everything to protect what is ours.
“Ukrainians don’t need to be persuaded to become volunteers. Ukrainians don’t need to be encouraged to start helping each other. Strong support for the armed forces by all Ukrainian people, a movement of sincere volunteers, a mass joining the territorial defense, the solidarity of all our people – these are the prerequisites for victory.Prerequisites for the liberation of our entire country… The only and the best.
“For us, Ukraine is not just a territory, like for the invaders. They don’t see anything here. They don’t understand anything. That’s why for them everything is just a target. For us, Ukraine is millions of happy moments, native symbols, memorable places.
“We feel this land. For us, Ukraine is our life, and that’s why millions of people came to the defense of our state today. That’s why today we are all volunteers. All those who defend Ukraine, our children, those who defend our future.
“To all who feel this gratuitous call… A call to defend Ukraine… Who are volunteers in the battles. Or in the information troops. Who protect the roads and the cities. All diplomats – official and informal. All those who help with technology. Who maintains the business. Who provides the goods, the necessary products. Who saves and heals in all circumstances. Who works in transport. Who provides communication and repair networks … I am grateful to all of you. And I sincerely congratulate you! volunteers, each of the millions working together to win.
“The 19th day of our resistance. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding on bravely. And creatively. We are inflicting such losses on the enemy that he no longer knows where to look for reserves. Where to look for help. Help for him -even Help for the invader This is pathetic.
“But we have no right to relax. The Russian state has been preparing for war for decades. They have accumulated significant military resources. For evil. For the conquest of neighbors. And for the destruction of Ukraine, Europe, as we know it, as we appreciate it.
“That’s why we have to hold on. We have to fight. To win. To achieve the peace that Ukrainians deserve. A just peace. With security guarantees for our state. For our people. And to put it on paper In negotiations Difficult negotiations
“The video meeting of the delegations has already started today. It continues. Everyone is waiting for the news. We will certainly report in the evening.
“As long as the state is at war, as long as the people are defending themselves, the economy must be preserved and restored. As much as possible under the current difficult conditions.
“Life must appear on the streets of cities. Where safety permits. Where people can provide it. Pharmacies, commerce, any business that can function. For the country to live. For the restoration of the Ukraine is already beginning, and it depends on each of us, on each of us who is able to work.
“The economic suppression of Ukraine is one of the tasks of the war against us. And we must also defend ourselves against this. Save our economy. Save our people.
“Therefore, the government has received a clear instruction – to dismiss small and medium-sized enterprises. Remove all obstacles. Reduce taxes as much as possible, remove all difficulties, absolutely all. So that the system does not rush, so that people know they can work how they can, where they can.
“A new tax model is needed for the war and for post-war development. The financial rules also need to be updated. So that people feel they can be flexible. Feel that all the money and the valuables will be saved, you should not be afraid to lose something, because the state guarantees the safety of assets and savings.
“The Cabinet of Ministers is already working on how to regulate this. A day or two – and there will be details.
Ukrainians! Russian troops continue to destroy our infrastructure, continue to destroy our cities. Kyiv region, Chernihiv region, Sumy region, Kharkiv, South, Donbass.
“But know that we will rebuild everything. We will restore everything. Every street in every city. Every house, every apartment of every Ukrainian. After the war, I’m sure we can do it quickly. We will direct all our efforts to Any help from the world We are already creating funds so that Ukraine can live.
“But now that the invaders are still on our land, we must defeat them as best we can. Drive them out in any way possible. Defend the cities. Defend the villages. Defend every meter of our land. And every part of our heart, Ukrainian heart, Ukrainian soul.
“Help each other! Support each other! Support the defence! And protect the state! Together we will definitely win. Glory to Ukraine!”
For more stories of where you live, visit In your region.