“There are times in the history of every nation when it has to pass a difficult exam and answer vital questions: do we exist or not? Are we a just crowd or united people? Are we a herd or a nation? Are we residents or citizens? We repeatedly passed this exam successfully. The story of the coronavirus and the return of our citizens is another exam for our society," Zelensky said.
At the same time, he urged not to stigmatize residents of certain regions of Ukraine.
According to the president, indifference has no geographical sign and most people in the Lviv and Ternopil regions were ready to help and host evacuated Ukrainians.
"The behavior of individual doctors and residents cannot become an occasion to blame the whole region and divide Ukraine, as our enemies would like it," Zelensky said.
We recall, on February 20, a plane with Ukrainians, evacuated from Wuhan, returned to Ukraine. It was noted that healthy people were on board, they did not have symptoms of coronavirus disease. The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that Ukrainians would be placed in the medical facility of the National Guard in the Poltava region. In this regard, protests against the placement of Ukrainians from Wuhan there began there.
First, the evacuees arrived at the airport in Kharkiv, from where they were taken by bus to the Poltava region. In the evening, buses with evacuated Ukrainians, accompanied by police, arrived in the village of Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region. Buses were stoned by the locals. They also made a fire and tried to block the road to the sanatorium.