It was specified that the New Year greeting speech of President Volodymyr Zelensky was shot in several locations in downtown Kyiv.
Last year, the New Year address of Zelensky was recorded at Expocenter of Ukraine, Kyiv. It took a few attempts to record it.
Besides, one more greeting was recorded with celebrities and politicians, particularly; the Ukrainians were felicitated by Vice Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, boxer Oleksandr Usik, strongman competitor Vasyl Virastyuk, TV hosts Oleksandr Pedan, Maria Efrosinina, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Yuriy Horbunov, singers Tina Karol, Svitlana Tarabarova, Alina Pash, Olya Polyakiva, bands O.Torvald, DZIDZIO and The Hardkiss, as well as singers Oleh Vynnyk and MONATIK, producer Potap and many others.
"We live in a great beautiful country, where there is everything: incredible nature, generous land, with smart and talented children, and all presidents in their New Year's greetings always say this phrase: “Dear Ukrainians, it was a difficult year.” You will ask if 2020 was difficult. A little bit so. But not because of you, not because of all of you. No!.
So what was this year like?
There were tears of pain and tears of pride in it, there was something we were ashamed of and something we were proud of, something we wanted to forget and something we would never forget.
There were those with whom we became even greater friends, those with whom we became strategic partners, those with whom some forced us to quarrel, but failed, those who always supported Ukraine and continue to do so.
2020 reminded us of how many heroes there really are among us. In spring we all started to get sick. It turned out that there is not much in hospitals and pharmacies. Why? It's just that some people lost their sense of smell long before Covid. And so we were all like in the movies, when it seems that only superheroes can save us. Adults do not believe in their existence, but this year, as in 2014, we are convinced again - superheroes exist. And our doctors, our super-doctors, super-laboratory assistants, super-drivers of "ambulance", super-pilots, super-border guards, super-teachers, our super-firefighters and super-rescuers joined our military. And we definitely have no choice but to be a super-Ukraine.
Yes, it was a year when, unfortunately, cataclysms destroyed housing and nature, and a year when, fortunately, we destroyed stereotypes. For example, that it is impossible to make good roads in Ukraine. This myth went in all four directions on all 4,000 km of new roads. Someday you will be 18, and you will be able to drive cars on Ukrainian roads. We tried to make sure that these roads do not get old or tired while you are growing up. This year proved that the Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital can be restored completely and not handed over like a mace to every next president of Ukraine, proved that a monument to corruption, erected in 2004, can be demolished and in 8 months the legendary long-term construction of Ukraine can be turned into a new bridge in Zaporozhzhia. 150 bridges were rebuild all over Ukraine. And we do not listen to the throwers of dirt on the fan of social networks. Some make posts, and make bridges.
This year has shown that it is possible to make modern checkpoints for citizens from Donbas and Crimea where it will become clear to them who treats them as people, and who - as hostages. This year has shown that we can talk about the army, or we can make the largest budget in history for security and defense, that the state can start joint construction of corvettes and for the first time since Ukraine's independence order 3 new Ukrainian planes from Antonov. And interest rates for business loans can be not 20%, 18% or 14%, but small ones, like you - 5%, 7% or 9%. Who is 9? There, and percent rates can be the same. Are you 6? Okay, agreed!
2020 has proved once again that Ukraine does not leave its own people and we do not care from where we must return them: the basements of Donbas conflict area, the Russian prison or the Chinese Wuhan, whether they are captured sailors of a tanker from Libya or the deceased crew and passengers of the plane from Iran. And we are equally happy to return 250,000 citizens trapped in quarantine around the world or one Ukrainian, our defender, the unconquered Vitaly Markiv. Do you know him? He said to this himself: “I will make it. I will return,” so that he and his beloved one would have someone like you or someone like you. And even better - someone like you and like you.
This year has raised the Ukrainian flag a lot of times. We became the first in swimming, boxing, sports and rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, cycling and even checkers. And when you argue over who is stronger - Batman, Wolverine or Deadpool, in fact the strongest one is Ukrainian, our hero Oleksiy Novikov, who this year became the strongest man on planet Earth.
And we have no choice but to become the strongest country. And most importantly - this year reminded us what silence is. The words: “No shooting today,” the days when the news agencies say: “There were no casualties today,” the weeks when mothers, wives, and children do not cry, the months when our soldiers do not die. 158 days of ceasefire in Donbas - the longest since the beginning of the war, 158 days, a truce. Flawed? Yes, and it's true. But it is still necessary, isn’t it? And this is also true. You know, you are still very young and you may not fully understand why this is happening, but you must know one thing for sure - Ukrainian defenders are the best in the world. They are brave and very, very strong. Unfortunately, this is what happens - and God takes some to heaven, the best and bravest ones. This year we tried very hard so that God would leave as many of them as possible in Ukraine so that they could continue to protect us all and bring peace. It is possible. Peace is close. Peace will definitely prevail.
You know, all the presidents in New Year's address say one phrase: “Dear Ukrainians, it was a difficult year, but the next one will be better.” And I agree with that. It will be the better! For you, for you, for you and for all our Ukraine. And whatever it is, let's thank 2020 and not scold it. Unfortunately, it took our Kyiv fellow citizen Paton, Zhvanetsky from Odesa, Skoryk and Viktyuk from Lviv. But it gave us almost 300,000 new citizens - boys and girls born in Ukraine this year. Let's turn off our adult pragmatism for their sake and think of something very bold for Ukraine. Yes, just as our children can do it."
Children: May everyone be healthy in the new year.
May all Ukrainians have much, much happiness.
And I have many, many candies.
Let all bad criminals be imprisoned.
Let the parents of all Ukrainians buy a dog.
And a transformer for me!
May everyone have a lot of money.
We will defeat COVID.
I wish Ukraine success.
And let there be much, much happiness.
Lots of happiness.
Vaccination will start soon. Hold on! Stop - COVID-19!
May peace come to Ukraine!
May there be peace!
Let peace come to Ukraine!
There will be peace!
Peace will come!
May there be peace in Ukraine!
Zelensky: "Our children want all this. Well, what about us? We have to do it all.
Dear Ukrainians! Next year we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of our independence. We are a great nation. We have the courage of Svyatoslav, the greatness of Volodymyr, the wisdom of Yaroslav. We have Shevchenko! Moreover, we have two Shevchenko. Andit is a great pride and a great responsibility to be the president of such a wonderful people. And I will do my best so that in a year and in all the following years on the same day and time I would not be ashamed to look you in the eye. I do not want to say that peace will come in Ukraine on Bankova Street in Kyiv, but on Artem Street in Donetsk that peace has come in Ukraine. And to write: “Crimea is Ukraine” not on the Internet, but on sandy beach in Yalta, on the Ukrainian sand of the Ukrainian beach of the Ukrainian Yalta.
I know that Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea now live in a different time in all senses of the word. It's been almost an hour since you were told on TV that the New Year has come. But I know it's been almost an hour since you've been waiting for us to celebrate the New Year together.
As one family, as one nation, as one country. So, Donbas and Crimea, “turn the clock back, be with us.” Ready? So are we. I sincerely wish all Ukrainians a Happy New Year. May everyone be healthy, may everyone be happy. And let it be exactly in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
Happy New Year, Ukraine!"