Zelenskyy's speech condensed


December 29, 2022

To The Eagle:

As the armed forces of Ukraine face their own Valley Forge this winter, their President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his address to this nation from our Capitol, has personally thanked the citizens of this community. The following is my condensation of his address to us.

“Dear Americans in all states, cities, and communities, all those who value freedom and justice, who cheer us as strongly as we Ukrainians in our cities, in each and every family, I hope my words of respect and gratitude resonate in each American heart.”

“Your financial assistance is critically important. I would like to thank you, thank you very much. Thank you for financial packages you have provided. Your money is not charity. It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way”

“This battle cannot be frozen or postponed. It cannot be ignored hoping that the ocean or something else will provide a protection. The world is too interconnected and interdependent to allow someone to stay aside and at the same time to feel safe when such a battle continues.”

“We will be celebrating Christmas by candle light, not because it’s more romantic, no, but because there will be no electricity. Millions won’t have neither heating nor running water as a result of Russian missile and drone attacks on our energy infrastructure. We do not complain.”

“We do not judge and compare whose life is easier. Your well-being is the product of your national security, the result of your struggle for independence and your many victories. We Ukrainians will also go through our war of independence and freedom with dignity and success.”

JB Bouchard

Puget Island


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