Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To millions of Ukrainians, this year’s Christmas is something much more than a traditional holiday. It’s a time of hope, a time of love, a time of faith and belief in light’s victory over darkness.
At the same time, as families gather around the table this Christmas Eve, we remember those who have paid and are currently paying the price for us to be able to gather together and continue honouring our traditions as Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine continues. Millions of families cannot celebrate Christmas together, millions of children are not at home, millions of people are without a home and have had to leave loved ones behind this year. Despite it all, we are united by our faith and hope and we are thankful to our soldiers, volunteers, essential workers, diplomats, and all those who are working tirelessly around the clock to let us feel the smallest of Christmas spirits in these trying times.
We thank the world for the support and the opportunity for our families and children to be able to celebrate the holidays in peaceful cities around the globe. We greet Ukrainians at home, too, and all those around the world celebrating Christmas with faith in humanity and kindness!