Saskatchewan. university student says it was a ‘thrill’ to speak with Ukrainian president on video stream


A University of Saskatchewan graduate said the opportunity to speak directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was “nothing short of surreal.”

On Wednesday, Zelenskyy held a video call with students from various Canadian universities, including the U of S, University of Montreal, University of Alberta, Western University and Dalhousie University.

During the session, he answered questions from students, including one from Quinn Rozwadowski.

Rozwadowski was a student in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and follows events in Ukraine closely.

“As I am not in a position to assist Ukraine directly, I considered it my duty to remain at least as fully informed as possible of the situation in the country,” he said. at CTV News.

He said he submitted a list of questions he wanted to ask Zelenskyy and was told by organizers that he had been chosen as one of the students to speak with the Ukrainian president.

“I only learned the exact nature of the event when I arrived and was informed by the organizers, but I sincerely hoped to have the chance to speak to him directly and was delighted to learn that I would.”

During the session, Rozwadowski had time to pose his question directly to Zelenskyy.

“As a young person here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I am very concerned about the growing self-serving nationalism and waning commitment to promoting democracy around the world that I see here in North America,” Rozwadowski said.

“How do we solve this problem and convince our neighbors that the ideal of democracy is worth fighting and sacrificing, even on the other side of the planet?

In his response, Zelenskyy said his country was fighting for important values.

“That’s life,” he said. “It is about the right to choose, the most precious of what we have and the deepest meaning of democracy. Your own right to choose for your life, and we protect it.

Rozwadowski said he thought Zelenskyy’s speech was wonderful.

“I think his most important comment was that ‘this war has no distance.’ Everyone in the democratic world is invested in this conflict, because its outcome will set a precedent for the ability of dictators to tread on smaller neighbors, and I hope everyone who listened will work to convince their political leaders to recognize that fact,” Rozwadowski said.

He said he planned to further his education and become a judge or a politician so he could have a positive impact on the world, something he had believed in since high school.

“I decided that I wanted the power to have a direct, powerful and positive impact on the world around me. From that point on, the decision to pursue political studies and then law studies came easily. I hope to eventually hold public office or become a judge.


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