President Zelenskyy: Key goal is to keep the initiative and grow stronger

January 18,2024 276
President Zelenskyy: Key goal is to keep the initiative and grow stronger

“The fundamental task is to retain the initiative so that we can become stronger,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a traditional address to the Ukrainian nation on January 17.

I wish you health, fellow Ukrainians!

Key points for today.

I held a meeting of the Staff. Operational level – the situation at the front now. Reports from the commanders. Different directions. East. South. North as well – countering subversive groups, fortifying the border.

There was also a strategic level of discussion – our actions this year. And not just defense. Ukraine needs an ambitious, active perspective. We want our country to retain the initiative, not the enemy. We want the end of the war to depend on Ukrainian actions. The world supports those who have a perspective. And this is a fundamental task – to retain the initiative so that we can become stronger.

I also held a debriefing after all the meetings and negotiations within the official visit to Switzerland and participation in the Davos Forum. There were many good, useful meetings. Europe, America, Africa, Asia. We talked to politicians and business leaders.

Today, government officials continued their work at the forum. In particular, to attract more business and technological opportunities to Ukraine – to the defense sector. It is very important that we present not only the needs of Ukraine and our warriors, the entire society, but also, despite all the difficulties of the war, Ukraine’s capabilities – what we do, what we can do, what we can contribute to the common security in Europe.

I held a separate meeting with the Minister of Defense. We are preparing more power for our country.

A meeting with law enforcers. In particular, with the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine. The keynote report was on countering collaborators and destroying enemy logistics. I am grateful to the Service for the results.

Separately, I would like to address the situation with our journalists. In particular, the fact of surveillance of journalists. The Security Service of Ukraine has launched an investigation and will find out all the circumstances. Any pressure on journalists is unacceptable.

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