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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says volunteers in 2014 united all of Ukraine, protecting the country from Russian aggression.

He made the comment during a visit to the Defense Ministry's Military Medical Clinical Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in the town of Irpin, as reported by the press service of the President's Office on December 5.

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Zelensky inspected the Physical and Sports Rehabilitation Department, as well as the equipment used to recover the Ukrainian military after severe injuries.

Also, the president met with the center's staff. He stressed the crucial role of volunteers in defending Ukraine in the most difficult times.

"I'd like to thank all the volunteers. I believe that at the beginning of the war in Donbas, the Ukrainian army was largely created thanks to you. The modern army that we have today," he said.

Zelensky believes that it was the volunteers who quickly found the national idea that Ukraine has been looking for many years.

"Volunteers united the whole of Ukraine with their energy and dedication in 2014, protecting it from Russian aggression," he summed up.

The president believes that the state should look up to volunteers in some respects. He promised to pay attention to those issues where the government could help.