Zhukov published his text as a reaction to numerous Facebook posts, authors of which believe the military parade to be a show off. Zhukov wrote that in fact, parades are very important and emotional events for soldiers who march in them. It's a moment of glory, of joy, of being proud for military achievements, Zhukov wrote.
"Here we are, the troops, the soldiers of our country. ... We are here, and we serve Ukraine. We expect maximum support, we hope for love... and respect of our citizens. We are marching for the guys who gave their lives for our country, for our families... We pay respects to those guys who are now at their positions, conducting combat tasks... guys who lost parts of their bodies...
"Marching with our heads up high, with our pride up high, we remember each of them, we remember their pride and honor. We are the army! We are the family! Whatever people say, those marching include both heroes of Ukraine and those who have not yet seen a breathless body of their friend with whom they drank coffee and spoke of girls in the morning... But all of them serve the people of Ukraine," Zhukov wrote emotionally.
He called on to discard politics, ambitions, and anger from the issue and to be proud of the guys that will march in the Independence Day parade on Aug. 24 in downtown Kyiv.