Zelensky called Ukraine the only heir of Kievan Rus

In an address on the occasion of a new holiday, the Day of Ukrainian Statehood, the President stressed that the country would not cede its lands and would prove its independence

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine— the only legitimate heiress of Kievan Rus, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a congratulatory message on the occasion of the Day of the Baptism of Rus, on which another holiday is celebrated for the first time in the country— Statehood Day.

«[Ukraine]— the country from which the history of Christianity in Eastern Europe began,— Zelensky said in a video message. According to him, for a long time they tried to enslave and destroy the state, but no one has yet managed to do this.

The President stressed that Ukraine is “not a colony, not an enclave, not a protectorate, not a province, eyalet or kronland , not a part of foreign empires, not “lands in the composition”, not a union republic, not an autonomy and not a province, but a free, independent, sovereign, indivisible and independent country. “We were, are and will be,” — he emphasized.

The message was commented by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. “Prince Volodymyr, then don’t be offended that a part of Ukraine will be called Rus. I said it myself. Well done»,— she wrote on Telegram.

Zelensky signed a decree on the introduction of the State Day in August last year. “The Day of Ukrainian Statehood will affirm the connection of Ukrainians who live now with many generations of our people,” — explained the President on the eve of the first celebration. He stressed that Ukrainians will never give up their independence. Zelensky announced “important visits of partners” and important negotiations during the week of July 25-31.

In an address on the occasion of the Day of the Baptism of Russia last year, Zelensky called Kievan Rus “mother”; Ukrainian history, and “24 regions of Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula” & mdash; her “native children” and heirs. “And cousins ​​and very distant relatives do not need to encroach on her inheritance and try to prove their involvement in the history of thousands of years and thousands of events, being thousands of kilometers from the places where they took place,” — said then the Ukrainian leader.

The Day of the Baptism of Kievan Rus— national holiday of Ukraine since 2008. It is celebrated on July 28— on the day when the Orthodox Church honors the memory of Prince Vladimir, who baptized Russia in 988.

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Last year, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Zelensky on this holiday, noting that “it was from the Dnieper font of the glorious city of Kyiv that the glorious city of Kyiv shone the light of Orthodoxy throughout Russia».

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Vladimir Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

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