Zelensky’s New Year Message to Ukrainians in Translation

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian, gave a rather long and unusual New Year address to Ukrainians this year. The message focused on patriotism and unity and spent considerable time to list a wide range of Ukrainian cities and towns. The message also cut to others speaking and to dramatized scenes ranging from mothers in labor to soldiers celebrating the New Year on the front lines. Multiple mentions were given to prisoners of war returning home – referring to recent prisoner swaps negotiated by the Zelensky administration and which has been perhaps the most popular success of his young presidency.

The full address in Ukrainian is available below, with computer-generated English-language subtitles. The subtitles are not perfect, but do give an accurate sense of the message delivered. If they do not appear for you immediately, click the settings option and set the language to English.

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Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.