Zelensky reminded what the end of the war in Ukraine should look like and named the main challenge after the victory
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that victory in the war will come not when all Ukrainian lands are de-occupied, but when justice returns. The head of state also emphasized that punishment of the aggressor country Russia for its genocidal policy against Ukraine would mean the end of the war.
At the same time, the President emphasized that a difficult challenge awaits Ukraine even after that. Zelensky said this in an interview with the NV publication.
Although for some citizens the end of the war has already come, the majority considers the liberation of all territories of the country from the Russian occupants a true victory, the President said. Zelensky also added that the Russian Federation should be held responsible for war crimes against Ukraine.
"For some, the end of the war has already come. When you see how perky the streets of many cities, including the capital, are today. For others, victory is the fact that we did not let them occupy the state completely. For the majority, I am sure, victory is the restoration of our territorial integrity. However, I think that victory is bringing justice, not just liberating our land and people. It includes punishment of Russia for such a genocidal policy against Ukraine," Zelensky said.
The president emphasized that every Ukrainian played his role in making the country united. However, it was unification in the fight against the enemy that helped. When the war is over, it is important not to lose this integrity and, therefore, the state.
"When there is no war, we must not lose that unity and integrity. Not losing a state will be the biggest challenge. That is what we have to do. Not to lose our state after the victory", the President explained.
President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Ukraine and Ukrainians on the 32nd anniversary of the proclamation of Independence on August 24. The country celebrates the holiday in the full-scale war for the second year in a row, so he dedicated his address to the soldiers of the AFU, those who protect and gives the state independence.
The President congratulated citizens on the Day of the National Flag on August 23 and noted the feat of Ukrainian soldiers. Zelensky emphasized that the blue-yellow flag is our amulet.