Ukrainian authorities have done nothing for the citizens of Donbas and the Crimea felt they are the Ukrainians. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that in his speech during the inauguration ceremony at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
“Both the Crimea and Donbas are Ukrainian land. We lost not only territories. We lost the most important – people. Today we are not only ought to return their consciousness, but I’m sure, they hear us. We lost that consciousness. Over the years, authorities have done nothing for the citizens of Donbas and the Crimea felt they are the Ukrainians. They are not foreigners, they are ours. They are Ukrainians,” President Zelensky said.
Zelensky added that his first step will be returning of the Ukrainian prisoners of war. The next challenge – returning lost territories.
“The history is unjust, this is true. It wasn’t us who started this war, but we need to finish it. And we are ready for the dialog. I am confident, that returning all Ukrainian prisoners of war will become the first step for this dialogue,” Zelensky said
The inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky to the post of president of Ukraine took place today, on May 20 at 10:00 Kyiv time.
Zelensky dismissed Ukrainian Parliament at his inauguration and announced early elections after he took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people.