Instead, Zelenskiy called for national unity regardless of predilections, ideals, or language in the mostly bilingual country where the majority interchangeably speak Ukrainian and Russian.
“Our passports do not designate what is a proper or improper Ukrainian,” he said in his first New Year’s address as Ukraine’s sixth president.
Zelenskiy also called for mutual respect between different communities.
“Dear Ukrainians! In the new year 2020, I want all of us to respect each other,” he said. “To be in good health, and have plenty and many reasons to smile. I wish everyone…a good night’s sleep, not to overeat, and of course, light and pleasant dizziness in the morning. And let’s remember that to love Ukraine is to love all Ukrainians.”