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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, seen in this government-released file photo, announced July 28 as the first-ever Ukrainian Statehood Day. (President of Ukraine)

For the first time, Ukraine celebrates Ukrainian State Day today.

In a speech posted on the presidential website on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the week “symbolic” as it marks the first time they will hold a state day.

Zelensky said they will “celebrate at the time of such a brutal war – in the sixth month of it. After eight years of war in the Donbass. But we will celebrate regardless, because Ukrainians cannot be broken.”

Unlike Ukraine’s Independence Day, which falls on August 24, Ukrainian Statehood Day will connect Ukrainians through their experiences, culture and an identity that Zelensky described as dating back more than a millennium. .

“Now in many exploits of our warriors, in the wisdom of our people in battles, even just in the conversations of ordinary Ukrainians about what is happening, we can see, we can hear and understand examples of the same characters but hundreds of years ago,” Zelensky said.

On Thursday, Zelensky addressed the citizens, saying that the history of the Ukrainian state can be described in one sentence: “We have existed, exist and will exist!

He also told lawmakers that Ukraine’s resistance against Russia will be remembered.

“We will not become another legend of heroic resistance, but a state of victors,” Zelensky told lawmakers in Ukraine’s parliament. “Not 300 Spartans worthy of movies, books and plays, but the multi-million strong national hero who is worth living, worth winning and who will teach others around the world how to defend themselves and how to win .”

“We will be remembered not as those who tried, but as those who preserved, strengthened and passed on our condition to our children so that they could pass it on to their children,” Zelensky added.

The Ukrainian President stressed that even after more than 150 days of war with Russia, Ukraine was still able to celebrate.

“Due to the cruelty of history – after several unfortunate historical turns – our state was not mentioned for some time. Then they said that Ukraine was somewhere next to Russia, or even supposedly part of it. We know that now they know very well: Ukraine is the only state in the world that has the courage to beat Russia, to beat our land despite all its threats,” the President said.

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