September 23, 2022

Volodymyr Zelensky: Every hryvnia earned by our agricultural workers and the restoration of international relations will contribute to the strengthening of Ukraine

Today, the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain arrived at the Bosphorus, passing through a special corridor in the Black Sea, which was agreed to unblock our ports.

Our goal now is to have a regularity: so that when a ship leaves the port, there are also other ships – both those loading and those approaching the port. Continuity and regularity are the necessary principle. All consumers of our agricultural products need it.

Much has already been said about why it is important to restore Ukrainian agricultural exports. I will add just one detail now. Exporting this year is necessary for our farmers and agricultural enterprises to have sufficient resources for next year’s sowing.

It is also a question of food security for our country – we are now ensuring next year.

Russia provoked the food crisis to use as a weapon the supply of wheat, corn, oil… Just as it already does with gas and crude oil. Russia creates a deficit, drives prices up, and when that causes social unrest, it demands political concessions. It shouldn’t work with food.

Of course, we understand who we are dealing with. And in Russia they understand that they are losing one of the opportunities to terrorize the world.

But when the world is united, when the partners keep their commitments, the necessary result can be achieved. Let’s see how the grain initiative will work in the next few days.

And I want everyone in Ukraine to realize this despite the disinformation campaign on the grain initiative, which is propagated by the enemies of our state… Every hryvnia earned by our agricultural workers and all restored international ties of the Ukraine will contribute to strengthening our state.

I spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Of course, the common thread is the defensive support of our struggle for freedom, it is an interaction that we must constantly strengthen for our common interests.

The Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Zbigniew Rau, was in Kyiv today – I thanked him for his support.

During the negotiations with Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Rau, I paid particular attention to the question of our prisoners of war held by Russia. In particular, this also applies to the Russian terrorist attack in Olenivka, which must become an ultimate argument for all civilized countries of the world to officially recognize Russia as a terrorist state.

What else is needed for this? Is this not an act of terrorism sufficiently brutal and obvious for the relevant decisions to recognize Russia as a terrorist state to be taken in the major capitals of the world?

Of course, the occupiers receive a fundamental answer to all their crimes on the battlefield. In this context, today I would like to thank United States President Biden and the entire American people for the new package of defense support for Ukraine.

The word “HIMARS” has become almost synonymous with the word “justice” for our country, and the Ukrainian Defense Forces will do everything to ensure that the occupiers suffer more and more painful losses every week thanks to these very effective systems.

Yes, indeed, we still cannot completely break the advantage of the Russian army in artillery and manpower, and this is very tangible in the battles, especially in the Donbass – Pisky, Avdiivka, in other directions . It’s just hell out there. It can’t even be described in words…

And every Ukrainian must always be grateful to our warriors who defend the Ukrainian positions there despite the terrorists’ significant fire superiority.

But every day, our diplomats and all other representatives of our state do everything possible and impossible to obtain the weapons that will ultimately help Ukraine stop this horde and convince all those who still have doubts about the supplies.

Today, I also thank these people – each and every one who ensures the supply of arms, who promotes the necessary decisions in the partner states, who literally lives in these arms negotiations.

We also have new decisions to strengthen sanctions against Russia for the war – the United States and Canada have expanded the list of natural and legal persons against whom restrictions have been applied.

This is the right path, and it is necessary that the European Union fills the pause in sanctions as soon as possible by adopting a new package of sanctions against the terrorist state. We will work on it in the coming weeks.

In the evening, I signed decrees rewarding our defenders. 167 Ukrainian Armed Forces warriors received state awards, 32 of them posthumously. Another decree awarded 16 intelligence officers, including 1 posthumously. Also – 122 employees of the Security Service of Ukraine, 2 – posthumously.

Eternal memory to all those who gave lives for Ukraine!

Eternal glory to all who fight for independence!

Glory to Ukraine!