February 9, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a commentary throughout the 58th Munich Safety Convention (MSC) on Feb. 19, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Getty Photographs)

Editor’s Be aware: The next is the overall translated transcript of the speech delivered through President Volodymyr Zelensky on the 58th Munich Safety Convention on Feb. 19. It used to be printed through the President’s Place of work and is republished right here with out adjustments. Zelensky delivered the speech in Ukrainian. To find the highlights right here.

Girls and Gents!

Two days in the past I used to be in Donbas, at the delimitation line. Legally – between Ukraine and the quickly occupied territories. In truth, the delimitation line between peace and struggle. The place at the one facet there’s a kindergarten, and at the different facet there’s a projectile that hit it. At the one facet there’s a college, at the different facet there’s a projectile hitting the varsity backyard.

And subsequent to it there are 30 youngsters who cross… no, to not NATO, however to college. Somebody has physics categories. Understanding its elementary regulations, even youngsters know how absurd the statements that the shelling is performed through Ukraine sound.

Somebody has math categories. Youngsters can calculate the adaptation between the selection of shelling events in those 3 days and the events of bringing up Ukraine on this yr’s Munich Safety Document with no calculator.

And any person has historical past categories. And when a bomb crater seems within the college backyard, youngsters have a query: has the arena forgotten its errors of the XX century?

What do makes an attempt at appeasement result in? Because the query “Why die for Danzig?” became the want to die for Dunkirk and dozens of different towns in Europe and the arena. At the price of tens of tens of millions of lives.

Those are horrible courses of historical past. I simply need to remember to and I learn the similar books. Therefore, we’ve the similar working out of the solution to the principle query: how did it occur that within the XXI century, Europe is at struggle once more and persons are death? Why does it last more than International Struggle II? How did we get to the most important safety disaster for the reason that Chilly Struggle? For me, because the President of a rustic that has misplaced a part of the territory, 1000’s of folks and on whose borders there are actually 150,000 Russian troops, apparatus and heavy guns, the solution is apparent.

The structure of global safety is fragile and must be up to date. The principles that the arena agreed on many years in the past not paintings. They don’t stay alongside of new threats. They don’t seem to be efficient for overcoming them. This can be a cough syrup when you wish to have a coronavirus vaccine. The safety machine is gradual. It crashes once more. As a result of various things: selfishness, self-confidence, irresponsibility of states on the international stage. Because of this, we’ve crimes of a few and indifference of others. Indifference that makes you an partner. It’s symbolic that I’m speaking about this proper right here. It used to be right here 15 years in the past that Russia introduced its purpose to problem international safety. What did the arena say? Appeasement. End result? A minimum of – the annexation of Crimea and aggression in opposition to my state.

The UN, which is meant to protect peace and global safety, can’t protect itself. When its Constitution is violated. When some of the participants of the UN Safety Council annexes the territory of some of the founding participants of the UN. And the UN itself ignores the Crimea Platform, the objective of which is to de-occupy Crimea peacefully and offer protection to the rights of Crimeans.

3 years in the past, it used to be right here that Angela Merkel mentioned: “Who will pick out up the wreckage of the arena order? Best all folks, in combination.” The target audience gave a status ovation. However, sadly, the collective applause didn’t develop into collective motion. And now, when the arena is speaking about the specter of a really perfect struggle, the query arises: is there the rest left to pick out up? The safety structure in Europe and the arena is sort of destroyed. It’s too past due to consider upkeep, it’s time to construct a brand new machine. Mankind has accomplished this two times, paying too prime a worth – two global wars. We’ve got an opportunity to damage this development till it turns into a constant development. And get started development a brand new machine ahead of tens of millions of sufferers. Having the previous courses of the First and 2d International Wars, no longer our personal enjoy of the conceivable 3rd, God forbid.

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I mentioned it right here. And at the rostrum of the UN. That within the XXI century there are not more overseas wars. That the annexation of Crimea and the struggle in Donbas impacts the entire global. And this isn’t a struggle in Ukraine, however a struggle in Europe. I mentioned this at summits and boards. In 2019, 2020, 2021. Will the arena be capable of pay attention me in 2022?

That is not a speculation, however no longer an axiom but. Why? Proof is wanted. Extra essential than phrases on Twitter or statements within the media. Motion is needed. It’s the global that wishes it, no longer simply us.

We can protect our land without or with the enhance of companions. Whether or not they give us loads of recent guns or 5 thousand helmets. We respect any lend a hand, however everybody must needless to say those don’t seem to be charitable contributions that Ukraine must ask for or remind of.

Those don’t seem to be noble gestures for which Ukraine must bow low. That is your contribution to the safety of Europe and the arena. The place Ukraine has been a competent defend for 8 years. And for 8 years it’s been rebuffing some of the global’s largest armies. Which stands alongside our borders, no longer the borders of the EU.

And Grad rockets hit Mariupol, no longer Ecu towns. And after virtually six months of preventing, the airport in Donetsk used to be destroyed, no longer in Frankfurt. And it’s at all times sizzling within the Avdiivka commercial zone – it used to be sizzling there within the closing days, no longer in Montmartre. And no Ecu nation is aware of what army burials on a daily basis in all areas are. And no Ecu chief is aware of what common conferences with the households of the deceased are.

Be that as it’ll, we can protect our gorgeous land regardless of if we’ve 50,000, 150 or 1,000,000 infantrymen of any military at the border. To in reality lend a hand Ukraine, it isn’t vital to mention what number of servicemen and army apparatus are at the border. Say what numbers we’ve.

To in reality lend a hand Ukraine, it isn’t vital to repeatedly communicate handiest in regards to the dates of the possible invasion. We can protect our land on February 16, March 1 and December 31. We want different dates a lot more. And everybody understands completely smartly which of them.

Day after today in Ukraine is the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. 8 years in the past, Ukrainians made their selection, and plenty of gave their lives for that selection. 8 years later, must Ukraine repeatedly name for reputation of the Ecu viewpoint? Since 2014, Russia has been convincing that we have got selected the fallacious trail, that no person is looking ahead to us in Europe. Shouldn’t Europe repeatedly say and turn out through motion that this isn’t true? Shouldn’t the EU say as of late that its electorate are sure about Ukraine’s accession to the Union? Why will we keep away from this query? Doesn’t Ukraine deserve direct and fair solutions?

This additionally applies to NATO. We’re advised: the door is open. However up to now licensed get right of entry to handiest. If no longer all participants of the Alliance need to see us or all participants of the Alliance don’t need to see us, be fair. Open doorways are just right, however we’d like open solutions, no longer open questions for years. Isn’t the suitable to the reality certainly one of our enhanced alternatives? The most productive time for it’s the subsequent summit in Madrid.

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Russia says Ukraine seeks to enroll in the Alliance to go back Crimea through power. It’s pleasant that the phrases “go back Crimea” seem of their rhetoric. However they inattentively learn Article 5 of the NATO Constitution: collective motion is for defense, no longer offensive. Crimea and the occupied areas of Donbas will unquestionably go back to Ukraine, however handiest peacefully.

Ukraine constantly implements the Normandy agreements and the Minsk agreements. Their basis is the unquestionable reputation of the territorial integrity and independence of our state. We search a diplomatic agreement of the armed battle. Be aware: only at the foundation of global legislation.

So what’s in reality occurring within the peace procedure? Two years in the past, we agreed with the Presidents of France, the Russian Federation, the Chancellor of Germany on a full-scale ceasefire. And Ukraine is scrupulously adhering to those agreements. We’re as restrained as conceivable in opposition to the background of continuing provocations. We’re repeatedly making proposals within the framework of the Normandy 4 and the Trilateral Touch Crew. And what will we see? Shells and bullets from the opposite facet. Our infantrymen and civilians are being killed and wounded, and civilian infrastructure is being destroyed.

The closing days have grow to be particularly illustrative. Masses of huge shelling events with guns prohibited through the Minsk agreements. Additionally it is essential to prevent limiting the admission of OSCE observers to Ukraine’s TOT. They’re threatened. They’re intimidated. All humanitarian problems are blocked.

Two years in the past, I signed a legislation at the unconditional admission of representatives of humanitarian organizations to detainees. However they’re merely no longer admitted to the quickly occupied territories. After two exchanges of captives, the method used to be blocked, even if Ukraine equipped agreed lists. Inhuman torture on the notorious Isolation Jail in Donetsk has grow to be an emblem of human rights abuses.

The 2 new checkpoints we opened in November 2020 within the Luhansk area nonetheless don’t serve as – and right here we see outright obstruction underneath contrived pretexts.

Ukraine is doing the whole lot conceivable to achieve growth in discussions and political problems. Within the TCG, within the Minsk procedure, we’ve put ahead proposals – draft regulations, however the whole lot is blocked – no person talks about them. Ukraine calls for to unblock the negotiation procedure right away. However this doesn’t imply that the seek for peace is proscribed to it on my own.

We’re in a position to search for the important thing to the top of the struggle in all conceivable codecs and platforms: Paris, Berlin, Minsk. Istanbul, Geneva, Brussels, New York, Beijing – I don’t care the place on the planet to barter peace in Ukraine.

It does no longer topic if 4 nations, seven or 100 take part, the principle factor is that Ukraine and Russia are amongst them. What’s in reality essential is the working out that peace is wanted no longer handiest through us, the arena wishes peace in Ukraine. Peace and recovery of territorial integrity inside the world over known borders. That is the one means. And I’m hoping no person thinks of Ukraine as a handy and everlasting buffer zone between the West and Russia. This will likely by no means occur. No one will permit that.

Differently – who’s subsequent? Will NATO nations need to protect every different? I need to consider that the North Atlantic Treaty and Article 5 will probably be simpler than the Budapest Memorandum.

Ukraine has won safety promises for leaving behind the arena’s 3rd nuclear capacity. We don’t have that weapon. We additionally don’t have any safety. We additionally wouldn’t have a part of the territory of our state this is better in space than Switzerland, the Netherlands or Belgium. And most significantly – we don’t have tens of millions of our electorate. We don’t have all this.

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Subsequently, we’ve one thing. The fitting to call for a shift from a coverage of appeasement to making sure safety and peace promises.

Since 2014, Ukraine has attempted thrice to convene consultations with the guarantor states of the Budapest Memorandum. 3 times with out luck. As of late Ukraine will do it for the fourth time. I, as President, will do that for the primary time. However each Ukraine and I are doing this for the closing time. I’m beginning consultations within the framework of the Budapest Memorandum. The Minister of Overseas Affairs used to be commissioned to convene them. If they don’t occur once more or their effects don’t ensure safety for our nation, Ukraine may have each and every proper to consider that the Budapest Memorandum isn’t operating and all of the package deal choices of 1994 are unsure.

I additionally suggest to convene a summit of everlasting participants of the UN Safety Council within the coming weeks with the participation of Ukraine, Germany and Turkey with the intention to cope with safety demanding situations in Europe. And elaborate new, efficient safety promises for Ukraine. Promises as of late, so long as we don’t seem to be a member of the Alliance and in reality are within the grey zone – in a safety vacuum.

What else are we able to do now? Proceed to successfully enhance Ukraine and its protection functions. Supply Ukraine with a transparent Ecu viewpoint, the gear of enhance to be had to candidate nations, and transparent and complete timeframes for becoming a member of the Alliance.

Fortify the transformation in our nation. Identify a Balance and Reconstruction Fund for Ukraine, a land-lease program, the availability of the newest guns, equipment and gear for our military – a military that protects the entire of Europe.

Increase an efficient package deal of preventive sanctions to discourage aggression. Ensure Ukraine’s power safety, be sure that its integration into the EU power marketplace when Nord Move 2 is used as a weapon.

These kind of questions want solutions.

To this point we’ve silence as an alternative of them. And so long as there may be silence, there will probably be no silence within the east of our state. This is – in Europe. This is – in the entire global. I’m hoping the entire global in any case understands this, Europe understands.

Girls and Gents!

I thank all of the states that supported Ukraine as of late.

In phrases, in declarations, in concrete lend a hand. Those that are on our facet as of late. At the facet of reality and global legislation. I’m no longer calling you through identify – I don’t need any other nations to be ashamed. However that is their industry, that is their karma. And that is on their moral sense. Then again, I have no idea how they’re going to be in a position to provide an explanation for their movements to the 2 infantrymen killed and 3 wounded in Ukraine as of late.

And most significantly – to a few ladies from Kyiv. One is ten years previous, the second one is six, and the 3rd is just one. As of late they have been left with no father. At 6 o’clock within the morning Central Ecu Time. When the Ukrainian intelligence officer, Captain Anton Sydorov used to be killed on account of artillery hearth prohibited through the Minsk agreements. I don’t know what he concept on the closing second of his lifestyles. He indubitably didn’t know what schedule any person wishes to fulfill to finish the struggle.

However he is aware of precisely the solution to the query I requested in the beginning. He is aware of precisely who folks is mendacity.

Might his reminiscence are living eternally. Might the reminiscence of all those that died as of late and throughout the struggle within the east of our state are living eternally.

Thanks.