In a surprise speech to senior students at Johns Hopkins University, the Ukrainian president, in a live broadcast, recommended taking time and resources to pursue passions and defend the democratic values at stake in the war against Russia.
As soon as, unexpectedly, the name of Volodymyr Zelensky was announced as the person who would speak, the students did not hide their astonishment and enthusiasm, as well as the relatives who watched, and when the president of Ukraine appeared on the two screens that transmitted the ceremony was given a standing ovation.
Zelensky told Hopkins graduates to make the most of every moment, and recalled that the ongoing conflict has affected the futures of countless young Ukrainians, robbing them of opportunities and loved ones.
“Time is the most valuable resource on the planet,” he said, explaining that some people realize it earlier and are “the lucky ones” and others “realize it too late, when they lose someone or something.”
Zelensky described a recent visit to Ukrainian troops on the front lines of the fighting, explaining that many of those he visited have dreams and aspirations similar to those of American students, with the difference that young Ukrainians “are forced to endure the collective tragedy of war”. before chasing your dreams.
“They have to know exactly what they need today – and what they want their tomorrows to look like,” he said, broadcast live from Ukraine for the ceremony on the university’s campus in Baltimore.
The military offensive launched by Russia in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 was justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security.
The UN presented as confirmed, since the beginning of the war, 8534 dead civilians and 14,370 wounded, stressing that the numbers are far from the real ones.