The text of the appeal was published by the Odessa regional state administration.
Here is the text of the appeal in its entirety:
Today, February 24, 2022, Russia declared war on Ukraine. The ruler of Russia cynically and inadequately questioned the existence of the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people. These actions are utter nonsense and disregard for international law and the sovereignty of independent countries.
No more time to talk! We need to stop this creeping occupation, bloodshed, provocation and lies, imperial ambitions today!
Because the aggressor’s appetites will grow. And not only in relation to Ukraine.
By joint efforts – the people and the army – we must become a united front, as in 2014, against the invasion of the insidious occupier and aggressor.
We unite in the face of threat! We unite regardless of political beliefs, sympathies or emotions. We must be the only front! Our strength is in unity and confidence!
As the commander of the troops of the operational command “South”, I am proud of my subordinates, I am proud of the Ukrainians who do not panic and are determined to defend their country and their freedom.
I am glad to see the readiness of our reserve to advance as soon as possible to strengthen the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; when I hear from civilians about the readiness to defend our country, our home, our relatives with us.
Since 2014, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have resisted the aggressor with dignity and will continue to do so! We have reliable weapons, equipment, machinery. But the main thing is that we have a single goal: to protect the state and you, our citizens, from an insidious enemy.
Justice and truth are on our side. We are at home. And we have to decide how our country should develop.
This is the test we must go through. Determined, all together, with a cold mind and endurance. To keep the state, to make Ukraine strong, to be successful.
They win not only by strength, they win by spirit! And Ukrainians have proved it many times in different historical epochs!
Our future now depends on our cohesive response.
We are Ukraine!
Together – to Victory!
Glory to Ukraine!
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