For the first time, Ukraine celebrated the Day of Ukrainian Statehood on July 28th.
In a speech published on the presidential site on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the week “symbolic” because it marks the first time they will hold a day of statehood.
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 Donbas. But we will celebrate, despite all, because Ukrainians cannot be broken.”
Unlike Ukraine’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug. 24, the Day of Ukrainian Statehood will connect Ukrainian people through their experiences, culture and an identity that Zelensky described as stretching back more than a millennium.
Zelensky addressed citizens, on Thursday, saying that the history of Ukraine’s statehood can be described in one sentence: “We existed, exist and will exist!”