This is the year when Ukraine changed the world. And the world discovered Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s New Year address left no dry eyes in the house. In his reflections towards the year’s end, Zelenskyy looked back at the most difficult and tragic events of Russia’s war against Ukraine and thanked representatives of different professionals for their work and different Ukrainian regions for remaining resilient in wartime.
“2022 struck our hearts. We cried out all the tears. All the prayers were yelled. 311 days. We have something to say about every minute. But most words are superfluous. No explanation needed. Silence is needed to hear. Pauses are needed to realize.
We don’t know for sure what new 2023 will bring us. I want to wish all of us one thing – victory. And that’s the main thing.
Let this year be the year of return. The return of our people. Soldiers – to their families. Prisoners – to their homes. Immigrants – to their Ukraine. The return of our lands. And the temporarily occupied will become forever free.
Return to normal life. To happy moments without curfew. To earthly joys without air alerts. The return of what has been stolen from us. The childhood of our children, the peaceful old age of our parents.
May the New Year bring all it. We’re ready to fight for it. That’s why each of us is here. I’m here. We’re here. You’re here. Everyone’s here. We’re all Ukraine.”