Ten months of war, more than $32 billion has been allocated for defense, 1,456 prisoners of war have been released, and 1,800 villages and towns have been rebuilt. These are the figures presented by President Volodymyr Zelensky in his annual speech to the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) about the year in which Ukraine “changed the world.”
In a closed-door speech delayed by more than 90 minutes due to an air raid alert in Kyiv, Zelensky assured that Ukraine is on the path to victory “that all generations have dreamed of.”
In a speech about 45 minutes long, Zelenskiy recounted a long list of accomplishments over the past year. Since the expulsion of the interventionists from the outskirts of Kyiv, the “first turning point” at the beginning of the invasion; the liberation of Serpent’s Island (or Serpent’s Island) – an important strategic point that has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance; and a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region, where the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “turned over many pages of the old history.”
“Everything changed” on February 24, when Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine. However, contrary to all expectations, Ukraine “became a world leader” and was able to help the world, – Zelensky defended. The head of state believes that they helped the West “rediscover itself”, return to the world stage and made a significant contribution to the rallying of the European Union.
Through our unity, we have achieved something that almost no one in the whole world believed. Hardly anyone but us. Ukraine has become one of the world leaders”
At the last session of the Ukrainian parliament in 2022, the word “union” was key in Zelenskiy’s speech, who stressed that it was a necessary element to end the war.
The Ukrainian leader took the opportunity to thank allied countries for their continued support during the 308 days of Russian aggression. He highlighted the role of the United States, which he visited last week on his first international trip since the start of the conflict.
“A year ago, it seemed impossible that our state had Patriot air defense systems. This is a special sign of trust in Ukraine. This is a real alliance with the USA” reinforced.
The Ukrainian leader once again defended the creation of a special court to try war crimes committed by the Russians during the invasion. This is even one of the ten points of the peace formula promoted by Ukraine.
“We must ensure that when the world sees the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag, it will know that we are talking about freedom, about people who have a strong Motherland and who will always have someone to help them,” Zelensky concluded. . assuring that Ukraine will “definitely” emerge victorious.