Zelensky congratulated Ukrainians on Christmas

Zelensky congratulated Ukrainians on Christmas

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, congratulated Christians of the Western rite on a bright Christmas.  He published a video appeal on his Facebook page.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, congratulated Christians of the Western rite on a bright Christmas. He published a video appeal on his Facebook page.

The full text of the greeting:

Dear people! These days, millions of people in Ukraine and the world celebrate Christmas. The appearance of the Son of God gave people hope for salvation, faith in the victory of goodness and mercy.

Unfortunately, all the holidays have a bitter aftertaste for us this year. And we can feel the traditional spirit of Christmas differently. Dinner at the family table cannot be so tasty and warm. There may be empty chairs near him. And our houses and streets can’t be so bright. And Christmas bells can ring less loudly and inspiredly – through air raid sirens or – even worse – gunshots and explosions. And all this together can pose a great threat. This is despair. In higher forces and their power, in goodness and justice in the world. Loss of hope. Loss of love. Losing myself…

But isn’t this what evil and darkness, which have come against us, want in their essence?

We have been fighting them for over 300 days and eight years. And will we allow them to achieve what they want?

In this battle, we have another powerful and effective weapon. The hammer and sword of our spirit and consciousness. The wisdom of God. Courage and bravery. Virtues that incline us to do good and overcome evil.

The main act of courage is endurance and bringing one’s work to the end in spite of everything. The truth illuminates our path. We know her. We protect her. Our truth is a struggle for freedom. Freedom comes at a high price. But slavery is even higher.

Faith and patience light our way. Patience and faith. These are twin forces. As it was said, “he who controls himself is better than the conqueror of the city.” To endure does not mean to accept the circumstances. Patience makes sure that we don’t let any doubt or fear into our minds. This is faith in one’s own strength.

Evil has no weapon stronger than the armor given to us by God. Evil breaks through this armor like a stone wall. We have seen this more than once. We endured at the beginning of the war, we endured attacks, threats, nuclear blackmail, terror, missile strikes. Let’s endure this winter. Because we know what we are fighting for.

We go forward through the thorns to the stars, knowing what awaits at the end of the road. God is a just judge who rewards good and punishes evil. Which side we are on is obvious. Who is who in this battle is obvious. There are at least seven proofs of this – they are known: “… eyes are proud, speech is false, hands that shed innocent blood, brains that forge evil plans, feet that run quickly to mischief, deeds that sow discord, hearts that are full of of hatred”. We oppose all this. And is an example for others. The faithful, that is, those who truly believe, must be a light to the rest of the world. For more than 300 days, Ukrainians strive for this, prove it, serve as an example for others. We are not righteous, not holy, but we definitely compete for good and fight for light. With faith in the biblical prophecy: “Let every valley rise, every mountain and foothill descend, let it become steep for a plain, and mountain ranges for a valley. The people who walk in darkness will see a great Light, and over those who sit in the edge of the shadow of death, the Light will shine on them! Because a Child was born to us, the Son of God given to us!”

We believe that tears will be replaced by joy, despair will be followed by hope, and death will be conquered by life.

Dear Ukrainian people!

We meet today and all future winter holidays in difficult circumstances. Someone will see the first star in the sky over Bakhmut, Rubizhny, and Kreminna today. Along thousands of kilometers of the front line. Someone is on the highway, on the way from the Ukrainian-Polish border to the Kherson region or Zaporizhzhia. Someone will see her through the holes in the bullet-mutilated roof of her own home. Someone will meet the holiday in other people’s homes, but not in other people’s homes – Ukrainians who gave shelter to Ukrainians. In Transcarpathia, Bukovina, Lviv region, Frankiv region and many other regions. Someone will hear “Schedryk” in another language – in Warsaw, Berlin, London, New York, Toronto and many other cities and countries. And someone will meet this Christmas in captivity, but let them remember that we are also coming for these people of ours, we will restore freedom to all Ukrainian men and women.

No matter where we are, we will be together today. And together we will look at the evening sky. And together we will remember the morning of February 24. Let’s remember how many passed. We will mention “Azovstal”, Irpin, Bucha, Kramatorsk, Zmiiny, Chornobayivka, Izyum, Kherson. We make a wish. One for all. And we will feel joy. One for all. And we will understand the truth. One for all. About the fact that no kamikaze drones can extinguish the Christmas star. We will see its glow even underground, in a bomb shelter. We will fill our hearts with warmth and light. No “Daggers” can injure them. They will break against our steel spirit. And our struggle will continue without a break. It is not threatened by planned or emergency shutdowns. And we will never feel a shortage of courage and indomitability.

We have experienced many bitter news and will deservedly receive good news. We will sing carols – cheerfully as ever – louder than the sound of the generator. We will hear the voices and greetings of relatives – in our hearts, even if the connection and the Internet are down. And even in total darkness we will find each other to hug each other tightly. And if there is no heat, we will hug for a long time to warm each other.

We will celebrate our holidays! As always. We will smile and be happy. As always. The difference is one: we will not wait for a miracle, because we create it ourselves.

Christ was born! Let’s praise him!

Earlier, Zelensky warned that enemy forces may launch new missile attacks on Ukraine during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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