The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, stressed this Tuesday that trips abroad allow “strengthening the defense” and “increasing the capacity” of the Ukrainian military, announcing the creation of a new Marine Corps.
“New brigades of marines will be added to our existing units and we will provide them with modern weapons and equipment”, stressed the Ukrainian head of state during the usual daily evening speech released on his social networks.
The minister, who visited the Donetsk region this Tuesday, where he was on the front line near Vuhledar and Maryinka, explained that the displacement was the final element “after numerous meetings and negotiations with partners that took place in these days and in the previous weeks “.
“Everyone must understand this: the main task of our country and the purpose of practically all our international communications is to strengthen Ukraine, strengthen our defense, increase the capabilities of our warriors and our country as a whole,” the president stressed. from Ukraine.
Zelensky also stressed that “every visit” abroad and “almost every negotiation” allows Ukraine “to become stronger”.
“Thanks to everyone who gives Ukraine strength! The strength of our state now, the strength of our defense now, is the foundation of the strength of the rules-based international order,” he concluded.
In addition to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed in 2014, Moscow has declared, since the beginning of the war, the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizia -, although it does not control all of the respective territories.
The military offensive launched on February 24, 2022 by Russia in Ukraine has so far caused the flight of more than 14.7 million people – 6.5 million internally displaced and more than 8.2 million to European countries -, according to with the latest data from the UN, which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).