The war in Ukraine is a war for all of us

VIDEO.

Speech by Czech writer Radka Denemarková in support of Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine is a war of all of us. It is a fight for values such as peace, human rights, democracy and hope. The people of Ukraine are extremely courageous, proud and not giving up, and they have managed to unite the whole world. It is always the same in life: it is only in the face of the worst that we realise what is valuable in life and in our world. I very much support all the brave people in Ukraine and all the countries that are in danger because Putin and his ilk always think that the world is a toy for them and that they can conquer other, smaller countries. Courage and let us endure!

TARAS PROCHASKO: You know what I’m afraid of? But terribly! Old age… Of being old!

RADKA DENEMARKOVA: No… I’m afraid of life.

TARAS PROCHASKO: Why?

RADKA DENEMARKOVÁ: It’s people.

TARAS PROCHASKO: People?

RADKA DENEMARK: All evil comes from them.

TARAS PROCHASKO: And all the good, too. Let’s drink to that.

A conversation between two writers. overheard in Lviv in 2015.