President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Ukrainian citizens on the National Unity Day and stated that the country's control over Crimea and occupied parts of Donbas would be eventually restored. The relevant address was published on his Facebook page.
"'The parts of united Ukraine torn apart from each other for centuries merge together' - this quote from the universal about the unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic, which was announced 102 years ago, evokes a wide range of emotions. This is pride. Pride for our ancestors who carried out the Act of Reunification, and with it - the eternal dream of all fighters for joint, united Ukraine. This is regret. Due to the fact that statesmen did not have enough wisdom and understanding to preserve independent Ukraine at that point. This is pain. After all, a hundred years later, Crimea and part of Donbas were separated from united Ukraine. This is confidence. That we will be able to overcome everything in the future and together we will become the creators of a new act of unification," wrote Zelensky.
He urged Ukrainians to learn the lessons of previous centuries and never forget that strength lies in unity.
As we reported earlier, the main tradition of the celebration of Ukraine’s Unity Day is a live chain. The tradition goes back to 1990 when people from different cities and villages on the road between Kyiv and Lviv made up a live chain to mark the historical date.