Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a video appearance during the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday night in which he vowed that his nation would be triumphant in the face of Russian aggression.
Following an introduction by actor Sean Penn, who has supported Zelensky since the war began in early 2022, Zelensky shared a pre-recorded message in which he thanked his supporters in the United States for their continued assistance while stating his belief that the “tide is turning” in the conflict.
“The First World War claimed millions of lives. The Second World War claimed tens of millions of them. There will be no Third World War,” Zelensky said. “It is not a trilogy: Ukraine will stop the Russian aggression on our land.”
Zelensky also noted that World War II was approaching its conclusion at the time the first Golden Globe Awards were presented in 1943.
“It is now 2023: the war in Ukraine is not over yet, but the tide is turning, and it is already clear who will win,” Zelensky stated. “But there are still battles and tears ahead. But now I can definitely tell you who were the best in the previous year: It was you, the free people of the free world, those who united around the support of the free Ukrainian people in our common struggle for freedom and democracy.
“For the right to live, to love, to give birth. No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, no matter who you are with, the struggle for the right of the new generations to know about the war only from movies,” he concluded. “We will make it together. I hope all of you will be with us on the victorious day: the day of our victory.”
Zelensky's appearance at the Golden Globes comes after he delivered a speech in front of the U.S. Congress in December and also met with President Joe Biden. The final Omnibus bill for 2022 also provided another $45 billion in aid to Ukraine and NATO allies.
Last year, Zelensky delivered a talk at the Grammy Awards in a video that showed him in a bunker.
“The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelensky declared at the time. “Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children died. And we’ll never see them drawing. Our parents are happy to wake up in the morning. In bomb shelters, but alive. Our loved ones don’t know if we will be together again.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not yet announced if it will invite Zelensky to speak during its broadcast of the Oscars this year.