The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky July 16 speech at the solemn meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on state sovereignty.
KP in Ukraine leads the President’s speech in full.
Dear people’s deputies! Dear guests of the solemn meeting! Dear Ukrainians!
Millennium of Ukrainian history is replete with documents that were fundamental to the creation of the Ukrainian state. And the Declaration of state sovereignty of Ukraine, without a doubt, is one of them.
Today we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the birth of this landmark document. 30 years ago was made a confident step towards the full independence of Ukraine. The Declaration brought the victory of the Ukrainians in the long struggle for a free and independent state.
16 July 1990 was indeed a historic day. Then the Declaration of state sovereignty was supported by 355 MPs. From different corners of our native Ukraine. From different batches. With a variety of looks. But with a common goal.
Please note, no one is “filled up” Declaration at eight thousand amendments. No one tried to block its decisions. No one tried to “hit” her in the constitutional Court.
The adoption of the Declaration is an act of incredible unity politicians for the will of the people and of great national purpose.
Today, for the sixth consecutive year, we are defending its sovereignty from Russian aggression. We have to pay a high price – the lives of our citizens. Today the entire civilized world recognizes that Ukraine is doing everything to attack this desired world.
A just peace. Peace in our sense of the word. That of the world, where state sovereignty will prevail in reality and not on paper.
Yes. We lost part of the territory. We lost my people. And, unfortunately, we can’t bring back the dead. But must return all its territory. To restore faith in truth and justice. So what killed our heroes, never was useless.
I am convinced that the chance to achieve this we, Ukrainians, there is only one case – if we all unite. In the same way as 30 years ago.
Today in this hall there are deputies of the first convocation. Their contribution to the state cannot be overemphasized. And present here and those who unfortunately are not with us, they all inscribed their names in the history of independent Ukraine. Today we are eternally grateful to each of you.
30 years ago, with polar political views, you have clearly shown what is the state position. You become a living example of unity and wisdom.
And I’m sure that modern MPs have to learn from you. And never forget that the sovereignty that was won by you, you should cherish and protect. Both from external enemies and internal strife.
I tired to call all of us to a real unity. Because only in him is our strength and victory. Because only in the Ukraine.
And from this rostrum on this festive day, I want to remind everyone the words of the initiator of the Declaration on state sovereignty, Hero of Ukraine Vyacheslav Maximovich Chornovil: “God grant us love Ukraine most of all today – having. To then not have a hate to love her – losing”.
Enough fighting and discord. Enough of the manipulation and political games. Enough to divide Ukrainians and share themselves. On the government or the opposition, left or right, red or blue.
Need to stop being politicians. Time to become statesmen. People who have a big appetite and a big dream. About United, strong and invincible Ukraine.
This is my dream. And my goal. I am sure that yours too.
Take care of yourself! To protect our sovereignty! To Protect Ukraine!
Glory To Ukraine!
The Verkhovna Rada