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Everyone is at war, not in bars: Zelenskуy addresses Ukrainians in rear

Everyone is at war, not in bars: Zelenskуy addresses Ukrainians in rear President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach- RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Currently, Ukraine is in a state of war, and everyone who is not fighting on the frontlines should be actively contributing to the military efforts, according to a statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"Warriors from the frontlines who come to rear cities deserve to see and feel that these are rear cities. That people live there, remembering that there are warriors there, that our warriors here in Donetsk and other directions are fighting for Ukraine, giving their lives for Ukraine," the statement reads.

According to the president, freedom and independence are not achieved by someone on the frontlines alone. It's a collective national effort of everyone who fights and works for victory.

"Everyone is at war. Ukraine is at war. And those who are not fighting on the frontline must help fight. Not in bars, not in clubs, not by street racing or some kind of ostentatious consumption, but by helping the warriors in a very specific way. To say the least of it," the president added.

"Now it's defense. Now it's war"

The president stated that the entire country's adrenaline, emotions, and strength should be directed towards battles for the sake of the nation.

"For the sake of Ukraine is a key principle. For the sake of something else or fore the sake of ourselves will be later, when we win. But now it's defense. Now it's war," the president concluded.

Counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Since the beginning of the summer, Ukrainian military forces have been conducting a counteroffensive on various fronts. They have already achieved success in the southeast, where they have liberated several settlements.

For instance, on July 27, they managed to free Staromaiorske from the enemy.

Ukrainian troops have also been advancing near Bakhmut. There, they captured dominant heights and brought the city under fire control. Earlier, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the head of the Presidential Office, criticized those who are dissatisfied with the "slow" progress of our defenders.