"About 100 banks were withdrawn from the market, including Delta Bank, Nadra Bank, Finance and Credit Bank, PrivatBank was nationalized. In each of these cases, I will protect only the interests of the state of Ukraine, the interests of every Ukrainian. All these problems should not be solved at the expense of taxpayers," the president said.
Zelensky also noted that no one is going to return the banks to their former owners.
"Many countries that are flourishing today were on the verge of disappearing from the face of the earth, were considered underdeveloped and hopeless. Sadness either destroys you permanently or eventually makes you stronger. Today Ukraine is at the crossroads but we are just like Apple, which starts to make its way in the garage, or Lance Armstrong who has been diagnosed with cancer," Zelensky said.