UKRAINIANS ARE WILLING TO DIE FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMELAND


The Ukrainian people, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though large tracts of Ukraine and many old and famous regions have fallen or may fall into the grip of an unhinged brutish kleptomaniac and all the odious apparatus of his despotic rule, we shall not flag or fail.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Kyiv and Kharkiv. We shall fight in Luhansk, and Donetsk. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this land or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our heritage beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the zeal for their homeland burning in their souls, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

                                                                   ------

Adapted from Winston Churchill’s speech to the House of Commons on 4 June 1940

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