Together with our allies, we can reliably defend freedom in Europe

Ukraine, together with its allies, is able to stop Russian aggression and reliably defend freedom in Europe.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said so in a video addressreports Ukrinform.

Ukrainians!

All our defenders!

Today we have important news for our state, for our defense.

First, the United States prepared a new support program for Ukraine worth $33 billion. In particular, more than 20 billion can be allocated to defence. More than $8 billion is planned for economic support. An additional $3 billion will be allocated for humanitarian aid.

This is a very important step on the part of the United States. And I’m grateful to the American people and personally to President Biden for that. I hope Congress will quickly support this request for help from our state. President Biden rightly said today that this step does not come cheap. But the negative consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and against democracy are of such magnitude for the whole world that, in relation to them, this support from the United States is necessary. Together we can certainly stop Russian aggression and reliably defend freedom in Europe.

We are also working to direct the blocked assets of sanctioned Russian individuals and the Russian state to compensate Ukraine for this war and restore normal life.

The investigation into the crimes committed by the Russian army against our people is ongoing. Ukraine’s position is absolutely clear: every Russian criminal must and will be brought to justice. Whoever they are and wherever they hide, we will find them all and hold them accountable.

The first ten Russian servicemen of the 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Ground Forces who committed crimes against our people in Bucha, Kyiv region, were given the status of suspects. Their surnames are known. It is established what they did. We know all the details about them and their actions. And we’ll find everyone. Just like we will find all the other Russian thugs who killed and tortured Ukrainians. Who tormented our people. Who destroyed homes and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. None of these bastards will avoid responsibility.

However, some of them may not survive until they are tried and fairly punished. But for one reason only. This Russian brigade was moved to the Kharkiv region. There they will be punished by our soldiers.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov paid a visit to Kyiv today. We had very serious and very warm negotiations with him. Bulgaria is one of those countries which reacted to Russia’s aggression in a reasoned and prompt manner. I am grateful to both the Bulgarian government and the Bulgarian people for not delaying support for our state.

Defence, energy and transport issues were discussed with Mr. Petkov. The pressure of sanctions on Russia, necessary for peace. We also discussed our cooperation at EU level. A very important agreement concerns the repair of our military equipment in Bulgarian production facilities.

Another issue on which we have agreed is the supply of Ukrainian electricity to Bulgaria and the use of the trans-Balkan gas pipeline with the Bulgarian side. I am grateful to Bulgaria for giving me the opportunity to use the port of Varna to export our agricultural capacity.

UN Secretary General António Guterres was also in Ukraine today. It is very important that the Secretary General has visited Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region. And saw with his own eyes what the Russian occupiers had done there. Hundreds of Ukrainian cities and hundreds of communities have gone through the same thing as Borodyanka and Bucha. The Russian military in Ukraine consciously and undoubtedly trampled on everything that the world order was based on after the Second World War.

The Charter of the United Nations, international conventions, declarations, the rights of peoples and states… Everything that should guarantee freedom and security in the world is simply destroyed by the aggressive actions of Russia. Thus, the key issue in the talks with the UN Secretary General was how to stop Russian aggression. And it’s not just a question of Ukraine, our destiny. It’s about the fate of the United Nations, the fate of international law, the fate of many nations – not just Russia’s neighbors who may become the next victims of Moscow’s aggressive ambitions.

Of course, during the negotiations, we paid a lot of attention to saving our people from Mariupol. I believe that with the help of the UN, it is possible to organize an evacuation mission. Ukraine is ready for these steps. But it is also necessary for the Russian side to consider this issue without cynicism and actually do what it says.

Moscow claimed to have allegedly ceased fire in Mariupol. But the bombardment of the defenders of the city continues. This is a war crime committed by the Russian military literally in front of the whole world. Russia’s bombardment of Mariupol did not stop even when the UN Secretary General was conducting negotiations in Moscow.

And today, immediately after our talks in kyiv ended, Russian missiles flew into the city. Five missiles.

And that says a lot about Russia’s true attitude towards global institutions. On Russian leaders’ efforts to humiliate the UN and all that the Organization stands for. It therefore requires a strong response.

Russian missile strikes on Ukraine – Kyiv, Fastiv, Odessa and other cities – prove once again that we cannot let our guard down. We can’t think the war is over. We still have to fight. We still have to drive out the occupiers.

Today, the Russian army continues its offensive attempts in the east of our country, in the Donbass. Try to advance in the southern regions.

The Ukrainian armed forces repel the invaders. And I’m grateful to each of our defenders who hold positions.

We do everything to help our army, to provide the military with all the necessary weapons.

Whenever I contact my partners, I emphasize that weapons for Ukraine right now, the very types that we ask for and just when we need them, are salvation not only for our people. This is salvation for all of you – for all of Europe.

I am grateful to partners who understand this. And who help convince others.

Before giving the evening speech, I signed a decree rewarding our heroes. 214 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine received state awards. 14 of them posthumously.

Eternal memory to all those who gave life to Ukraine!

Eternal glory to all those who have defended the State!

Glory to Ukraine!

Mary I. Bruner