Ukraine will prevail because Ukrainians have a dream.
And we gave that name to the largest aircraft in the world not without a reason [The Antonov An-225 Mriya: “mriya” is a Ukrainian word for a “dream” — Ed.].
A dream is not just a fantasy but a passionate desire, the true meaning of life.
Our dream is simple and natural, just like a desire to drink water.
That is why our people have survived because we had a fair and spirited dream like a happy childhood.
And until it comes true, nothing will stop us.
Rather, the more obstacles there are between us and our dream, the more insistently we overcome them.
After all, the dreams of nations, as well as human desires, exist only to come true.
- The American dream of freedom and greatness has come true.
- The European dream of satiety and security has long become reality and commonplace.
- The Russian dream of world domination already became outdated in 1991, and they have not come up with a new one since.
And our Ukrainian dream has just begun to come true…
Taras Shevchenko [a famous Ukrainian poet, writer and artist — Ed.] created it by the line «In one’s own house, — one’s own truth, one’s own might and freedom…»
Pavlo Chubynskyi [the author of the lyrics of the Ukrainian national anthem — Ed.] described it in the lyrics “And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own…”
And Les Podervianskyi [a modern Ukrainian artist, writer and playwright, known for his satire and absurdity — Ed.] described our dream even more neatly, “Get the f*ck off us!” [This line was addressed to the Russians in one of his works — Ed.]
This dream of being our own master, living on our own land and doing whatever we want, is so desirable that we will not be able to get enough of it even in a hundred years.
We desperately need to be able not to ask anyone for permission, we even made corruption a national tradition because of it to avoid any interdiction.
We have been long under tsars, emperors, khans, communist leaders and all kinds of motherf*ckers that now we want not just simply freedom, but absolute freedom.
Because of this, even our own leaders cannot settle us down, and we will not let any strangers rule over us anyway.
We are allergic to obedience.
The very idea of slavery makes us furious.
And when someone else wants to steal our dream, another dream, an intermediate one, appears: the offender must die.
That’s how we go towards the aim, collecting scalps of empires, stuffed tyrants, heads of communist leaders on the trophy wall.
But we will not abandon our dream.
If we didn’t abandon it once in 300 years, now we will definitely stick to it.
And no one will be able to destroy it.
This is not a plane you can ruin!
Glory to Ukraine!
April 6 at 1:30 a.m.
Ukrainian Text by Oleksandr Vysotskyi. Translated into English by Ukrainianvancouver team — Apr 28, 2022