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Secretary Blinken delivers remarks at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine
(@ 01:29:49) People from every region, every community, every institution have stepped forward to serve, including at this university, where students, alumni, teachers, and other employees of Kyiv Polytechnic have answered the call to defend their homeland, putting aside their studies, their careers, their dreams, leaving loved ones behind. Eighty-eight of those men and women gave their lives for Ukraine's freedom. Many of their names are etched in the memorial on campus that I just visited with the rector. They include an aspiring book illustrator, a cancer researcher, a marathon runner, a muscian who opened Keev's first rock-and-roll—school of rock-and-roll—a veteran who lost both of his legs fighting against Putin's previous invasion in the Donbas and volunteered to serve again, when Putin re-invaded in 2022. Like countless Ukrainians these citizens never asked others to fight for them. Indeed, all the Ukrainians have asked is that you get what you need to defend yourselves and your right to survive as a nation. Your recent mobilization was a difficult decision but a necessary one. The defenders who have so courageously held the line for more than two years need help. They need rest. This will allow both, while providing your military with additional troops to fight off bigger invading forces. The mobilization will also allow you to hardern your defenses, to build more units, to take the fight to Russian aggressors. Now, our joint task is to secure Ukraine's sustained and permanent strategic advantage so that Ukraine can not only deliver on the battlefield today but deter and defend against future attacks.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2024 at 09:20:00 PM EST
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