Eight years ago, on February 20, 2014, russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine began. The russian federation, in violation of the norms and principles of international law, and bilateral and multilateral agreements, annexed the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and occupied certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
For most Ukrainian citizens, russia’s attack came as a shock. However, the russian-Ukrainian confrontation has deep historical roots. The history of relations between the Ukrainian and russian peoples is a chronicle of wars, liberation uprisings of Ukrainians and a consistent policy of russification and assimilation of Ukrainians.
It is time to realize that russia is a constant challenge to Ukraine, to which an adequate response must be continuously found, forming Ukrainian national identity as an equivalent factor of national security. And this will continue until the world is liberated from the russian empire.
Soon a year will pass since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Despite low hopes, Ukraine has withstood and continues to fight for its independence and the independence of its neighbours. At the cost of their own blood, Ukrainians defend freedom of speech and democracy.
Honour to all who today stand on the protection of the borders of our state. Let us remember those who gave their lives for Ukraine. Each of our actions, our every step should multiply the achievements of our military. Let’s appreciate and be proud of our heroes!
Glory to Ukraine!
Glory to the heroes!