World War II was the bloodiest and most brutal tragedy in human history. This day is dedicated to the memory of the more than 80 million people whose lives were cut short by global violence. This is a memory of the history of our country.
Now, as in the years of World War II, Ukraine is at war with the aggressor. Today, it is Putin’s Russia that is encroaching on our territorial integrity. This struggle has been going on every day for six years and we have no right to lose, because, like 75 years ago, we are defending our homeland, defending our right to freely choose the future. The power of our armed forces is the key to the existence of the state and the preservation of human rights for citizens.
History teaches us that the Ukrainian people win when we are united, act together and defend what is dear to us. When we are together, when we feel that justice is on our side and stand for our land, then we are invincible.
Remembrance and Reconciliation Day does not symbolize the triumph of the victors over the vanquished, but should be a reminder of a terrible catastrophe and a warning that complex international problems cannot be solved by force of arms, ultimatums, aggression, annexation.
We remember how terrible a disaster World War II was for Ukrainians. This memory makes us stronger.