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Ukrainians live by 'either you work, or you fight' rule - Zelenskyy

Ukrainians live by 'either you work, or you fight' rule - Zelenskyy Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

In his New Year's address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians to live by the "work or fight" rule.

Zelenskyy thanked all Ukrainians who put their lives on hold, put everything on hold for later, for "after the victory," and also all those who say: "I am working, and this is not a feat, but a duty. I donate, and this is not a feat, but a norm." And also to those who know that wars do not end by themselves, but are ended, and that victory is not won but gained.

"And for this purpose, today we have to live by the rule: either you work or you fight. Because the world's largest terrorist organization is against us. And it is obvious how much more we have to do, how much more active we have to be, how much stronger our unity and struggle have to be," the President emphasized.

The Head of State noted that everyone who lives by the formula "I have to do more than I can" and does not ask himself what he can do every day knows this.

"Because this is what the word "win" means in our language. To win is to overpower oneself, to overcome, to make a super effort, and to do more than it seems at first glance. Because in reality, each of us is capable of more. Our heroic people prove this every day. Our heroes," he added.

Earlier this year, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, published his New Year's address. He thanked the Ukrainian military and emphasized that 2024 would not be an easy year, but Ukraine would continue to approach its victory.