Address by the President of Ukraine
President of Ukraine
26 February 2022 - 19:44
Ukraine's readiness to defend its state, our solidarity with each other and courage have disrupted the scenario of occupation of our country. The world has seen - Ukrainians are strong, Ukrainians are powerful, Ukrainians are brave. So it is not surprising that such people always have friends more powerful than enemies.
During the day, I spoke every hour with the leaders of states - friends of Ukraine. An extraordinary result was reached in relations with Italy. This is truly a new chapter for our states. The conversation with Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Mario Draghi put everything in its place.
India is a traditional world power. Discussed with Prime Minister Modi the course of our repulse of the aggressor. Received full support.
Thanked my and our friend Erdo─čan for the unwavering support to our independence and territorial integrity. We agreed that today the ban on the passage of Russian warships in the Black Sea is extremely important. They did it.
I told a good friend of Ukraine, Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, that our country lacks oil and oil products. Everything is not easy, but now everything will be provided.
By the way, Ilham Aliyev and President Erdo─čan offered to organize talks with Russia. This can only be commended.
And also the President of Switzerland, the Prime Minister of Greece, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Rutte... It seems that Ukraine has gained the sincerity and attention of the entire normal civilized world.
What is the practical result? Here it is - SWIFT. There is so much sense in this word for the Russian Federation! Disconnection from global financial civilization.
Our diplomats fought around the clock and with inspiration for all European countries to agree on a strong and fair decision to disconnect Russia from the international interbank network. We also gained this victory. This is billions and billions of losses for Russia - a concrete price for this vile invasion of our state.
We always said: the truth is on our side. This means that even the greatest achievements are possible.
Today I spoke with the leaders of churches and religious communities of Ukraine. Metropolitan Epiphanius, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine; Metropolitan Onufriy, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; Sheikh Tamim, Supreme Mufti of Ukraine; Yaakov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv and Ukraine, and His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church. All leaders pray for our defenders, for the souls of our heroes who gave their lives for our Ukraine, and for our unity and our victory. And this is very important.
You know, today was a very good, sunny day in Kyiv. The day that the invaders tried to destroy for us, like everything else in the country. But today is also the first day of the life of a girl who was born in the Kyiv subway this Saturday night. Now it's a shelter.
We give a decent rebuff - I'm sure you see it in the news. I want to say just one more thing. We will fight as long as it takes to liberate the country. If children are born in shelters, even when the shelling continues, then the enemy has no chance in this undoubtedly People's war.
Glory to Ukraine!
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