February 29, 2024

‘​I had little doubt that you’d select the facet of freedom and justice when Russia launched a full-scale struggle towards Ukraine’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Ottawa on Friday, September 22, 2023 to deal with Canada’s Home of Commons for the second time — however the first time in particular person. Here’s a full transcript of his speech:

Thanks a lot! Glory to the Heroes! Thanks a lot!

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Pricey Girls and Gents! Canada!​

​Earlier than I begin I simply wish to remind one factor. This factor is essential to grasp each Ukraine and Canada. And what we’re as much as, what we have to do. To do collectively.

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​1983. The Metropolis of Edmonton. Its historical past is carefully linked to the future of Ukraine and Ukrainian Canadian group. That yr in Edmonton the primary monument to the victims of Holodomor was constructed on the planet. Thanks a lot! Was constructed to recollect the genocide towards the Ukrainian individuals. The genocide ordered and perpetrated by Moscow. The primary ever Holodomor monument on the planet…

​At the moment Ukraine didn’t but have memorials commemorating the victims of genocide of Ukrainians. As a result of Ukraine was below Moscow’s management again then. This fall will mark the fortieth anniversary since that first and essential commemoration of the victims of Holodomor. So much has modified since then.

​Ukraine gained independence. Ukraine is restoring its personal historic reminiscence.

Dozens of different nations – their parliaments, their governments have already acknowledged Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian individuals. This yr alone there have been 11 of such recognitions. And I’m certain that the world – the entire world – will acknowledge the reality about Holodomor.

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​However there’s something that has not modified both in 40 years because the monument in Edmonton was constructed or in 90 years because the Holodomor. Moscow now as all the time is bent on controlling Ukraine and makes use of all out there means to try this together with genocide.

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​It’s genocide – what Russian occupiers are doing to Ukraine. And after we wish to win, after we call-on the world to help us, it’s not nearly an strange battle. It’s about saving lives of thousands and thousands of individuals.

​Actually bodily salvation.

​Abnormal ladies and men, youngsters… Our households. Complete communities. Total cities… Russia’s destruction of Mariupol or Volnovakha or Bakhmut or another metropolis or village in Ukraine should not go unpunished. Life and justice should prevail – all over the place in Ukraine, for all Ukrainians.

​This Russian aggression should finish with our victory, in order that Russia won’t ever carry again genocide to Ukraine and can by no means even attempt to take action. Moscow should lose – as soon as and for all. And it’ll lose!

​Pricey audio system! The entire Parliament of Canada!

Pricey Justin, Mr. Prime Minister! Girls and gents of the federal government! Pricey representatives of all of the communities and cities!

​All residents of Canada!

​In my view, one of the crucial sterling qualities of your nation is that justice isn’t an empty phrase for Canada. One other extraordinarily vital truth about you is that you just by no means, ever make a political wager on hatred and enmity.

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​You might be all the time on the brilliant facet of historical past.

​In the course of the First World Struggle, and within the time between these horrible wars, and throughout the Second World Struggle, and throughout the Chilly Struggle, you all the time defended freedom. You will have all the time defended justice.

​I had little doubt that you’d select the facet of freedom and justice when Russia launched a full-scale struggle towards Ukraine. Thanks.

​However it’s by no means sufficient solely to decide on the proper facet. You additionally want to have the ability to be a pacesetter on this facet. And also you do. You’re a chief. I thanks for that, Canada!

​Thanks to your political help for Ukraine. That is actually help of a pacesetter. And it’s world in scale.

​As a result of if you end up preventing for one thing, if you end up preventing for good in human nature, the false neutrality appears to be like clearly immoral. When one sees true leaders, all others who’re afraid to be actual, to talk out, to combat – have solely two choices. To vary or to be regarded down.

​I thanks, Canada, for being an actual instance of management and honesty for thus many around the globe – an instance that conjures up others to defend life.

​Canada’s help for Ukraine with weapons and tools has allowed us to save lots of 1000’s of lives. This contains air defence methods, armoured automobiles, artillery shells… and really vital help in demining… Thanks!

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​Canada’s management in sanctions towards Russia for this struggle and terror actually encourages others on the planet to comply with your lead.

​I’m particularly grateful to your extraordinarily sturdy, 100 per cent management help of the Ukrainian motion to NATO.

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​In your sturdy participation in coaching our troopers. It is extremely vital. It’s already a practice – that Canada trains those that defend the world. Hundreds and 1000’s of pilots throughout the Second World Struggle… Hundreds and 1000’s of Ukrainians now… That is what makes victory sturdy and indispensable – coaching. Thanks for this!

​Thanks to your financial help. For serving to Ukraine to eliminate its dependence on Russian nuclear gasoline. That is progress not just for us. Ukraine and Canada, along with their companions and mates, are demonstrating to everybody that it’s fairly real looking to fully cut-off our ties with doubtful Russian nuclear applied sciences. Along with the purely technological hazard, the Russian nuclear trade additionally serves Moscow’s political growth. Russia makes use of nuclear expertise, and the development of nuclear energy crops, like fuel and oil, for political assaults towards the sovereignty of different nations. Russia is attempting to interrupt the sovereignty of others via its manipulation of vitality assets… all vitality assets. So, the extra nations are free from Russian vitality assets, the earlier vitality on the planet will as soon as once more turn out to be simply an vitality useful resource, not a weapon towards sovereignties.

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​One other vital space of our cooperation… Actually justice. Right now, in talks with Justin, with Mr. Prime Minister, we mentioned the Canadian initiative for the G7 to step-up efforts to confiscate Russian property. These funds that Russia and its henchmen use to pay for the struggle needs to be used to pretty compensate for the injury brought on by struggle and terror. Lively and world work can also be required to carry Russia to justice for the crime of aggression itself and for completely all crimes from this aggression – all deaths, each deportation… of each baby and grownup. Each life must be protected. Each attacked nation wants justice to rule. The world wants it too. In order that different potential aggressors can see that struggle ends in verdicts for the aggressor.

​I urge you, Canada, to increase your capacity to result in different nations, particularly on this matter… of justice… of prosecuting the aggression… of compensation for aggression… of constructing the aggressor really feel how sturdy justice is.

​And most of all, I want to thanks, Canada, for the purely human factor – for making Ukrainians really feel at dwelling when they’re right here, in Canada. Thanks. This isn’t only a legacy of historical past. It is a legacy of character.

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​The Ukrainian Canadian group is about thousands and thousands of Ukrainian destinies which have turn out to be the future of Canada with all its variety of communities. Freedom-loving. Braveness. Our particular inside name for justice. The flexibility of our individuals to share consolation wherever they go, to construct and create to not wreck or humiliate… Ukrainian flags in Canada are part of on a regular basis life as absolute belief to Canada in Ukraine.

​The truth is, such proximity supplies many solutions, together with solutions to questions on this struggle. Can we hand over? No. Can we betray the nice in human nature? No. Can we conform to evil? No. Can we permit our identification to be erased? No.

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​Ukraine and Canada are the identical – we stand and we combat for all times. Ukraine, not genocide, might be victorious on this struggle. Folks would be the winners, not the Kremlin. Freedom would be the winner. Justice would be the winner. You may know this for certain about us, as a result of you recognize for certain about your self that you’d by no means undergo evil. Je te remercie, Canada! And should someday quickly a monument be in-built Edmonton as in different cities of the world and within the cities of Ukraine to honour the victory of our individuals on this struggle. Our widespread victory with you…

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​With you – the individuals of Canada, with all of your communities, with all of your legacy, the legacy of excellent.

​Girls and gents!

​Right now me and my lovely First Girl had the honour of assembly with Governor Basic of Canada Honourable Mary Simon. She taught me a phrase from her mom tongue – “ajuinata”. She mentioned the which means of this phrase is – don’t give-up, keep sturdy towards all odds. And so shall or not it’s… Ajuinata Canada! Ajuinata Ukraine!

Слава Україні! (Glory to Ukraine!)

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