in an April 22 handle to his nation (ellipses in official transcript):
The 58th day of our protection is coming to an finish. It ends on [Orthodox] Good Friday, one of the crucial sorrowful days of the 12 months for Christians. The day when demise appears to have gained. However . . . We hope for a resurrection. We imagine within the victory of life over demise. And we pray that demise loses.
This 12 months, throughout the full-scale battle, Russia’s battle in opposition to our state, these phrases have a particular that means for us.
Russia introduced demise to Ukraine. After eight years of brutal battle in Donbas, Russia wished to destroy our state fully. Actually deprive Ukrainians of the appropriate to life. However regardless of how fierce the battles are, there is no such thing as a likelihood for demise to defeat life. Everybody is aware of that. Each Christian is aware of that. It is a primary ingredient of our tradition.
Maybe this doesn’t exist in trendy Russian tradition anymore. As a result of so as to do every little thing they did to Ukrainians in our cities . . . it’s important to kill a human inside you. As a result of a human of any religion merely can’t try this.
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Appeared within the April 26, 2022, print version as ‘Notable & Quotable: Zelensky.’