Today, July 28th, 2022, marks Ukraine’s first ever official day of statehood, as declared by President Volodymyr Zelensky. On Sunday, the President of Ukraine’s official website published a speech calling the upcoming week symbolic because it contained the first time the nation has declared a day of statehood.

The speech reads, in part:

“An important, symbolic week begins tomorrow. The week when we will first celebrate the Day of Ukrainian Statehood on July 28. For the first time.

Celebrate at the time of such a brutal war – in the sixth month of it. After eight years of war in Donbas. But we will celebrate. Despite all. Because Ukrainians cannot be broken.