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 vital sorrowful days of the yr for Christians. The day when demise appears to have gained. But . . . We hope for a resurrection. We imagine within the victory of life over demise. And we pray that demise loses.
This yr, throughout the full-scale struggle, Russia’s struggle in opposition to our state, these phrases have a particular that means for us.
Russia introduced demise to Ukraine. After eight years of brutal struggle in Donbas, Russia needed to destroy our state utterly. Literally deprive Ukrainians of the precise to life. But regardless of how fierce the battles are, there is no such thing as a probability for demise to defeat life. Everyone is aware of that. Every Christian is aware of that. This is a fundamental component of our tradition.
Perhaps this doesn’t exist in fashionable Russian tradition anymore. Because with a purpose to do all the pieces they did to Ukrainians in our cities . . . it’s important to kill a human inside you. Because 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.’