Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, December 14, 2023

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Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, December 14, 2023

“Ukraine has repeatedly proved what it is capable of; the time will come when we will be able to celebrate accession to the European Union,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

I wish you health, fellow Ukrainians!

It was an important day. An important week. There were important visits. A lot of meetings and negotiations, and even more work behind the scenes with friends and skeptics as well – with everyone. Ukraine always defends itself. And it gets what it needs. And even when someone has doubts, we do not give up, but convince and fight. Keep fighting – you are sure to win. That’s exactly how it works.

This is a truly remarkable result for Ukraine and for the whole of Europe. Another step towards Ukraine’s full membership in the EU. I am grateful to everyone who supported us and fulfilled exactly what we had agreed upon. I am grateful to everyone in Ukraine – our team – who did everything necessary. We have fulfilled the recommendations of the European Commission. We have dispelled doubts. Today, there is a decision to open negotiations on accession to the EU. This step will be followed by the next ones. This is a massive job – to integrate the state, all the institutions, all the norms – all of it into the European Union. But we will do it. Ukraine has repeatedly proved what we are capable of. There will be another victorious decision – the time will come when we will be able to celebrate Ukraine’s accession to the EU.

Many people in Ukraine are now in high spirits, and this is important, this is motivation. And I congratulate all of you, each and every one of you, on what has been achieved! Achieved by all of us who, through the unity of Ukraine, are strengthening the unity of the whole of Europe.

I would like to especially thank all our boys and girls, all men and women who have fought and are fighting for Ukraine, who are now in combat, who are defending the freedom of Ukraine, who are helping our warriors by treating, training, bringing in weapons, producing weapons. All that we are achieving would not have been possible without the heroic courage of our people, our nation, which inspires the whole world. All of us.

Full text of the address: Office of the President of Ukraine