Ukraine is receiving congratulations from heads of state, heads of government and religious leaders on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of Independence. The presidents of the USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, as well as Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth sent their congratulations.

In his greeting to the people of Ukraine, US President Donald Trump emphasised, ““I am proud that the United States has provided more than $41 million in assistance to Ukraine in the fight against the virus and its economic impact. This Independence Day is also an important celebration, as Ukraine boldly continues to resist Russian aggression. I applaud your efforts to peacefully end the ‘conflict’ initiated by Russia in eastern Ukraine.”

French President Emmanuel Macron wished the Ukrainian people prosperity and peace. He assured that France, together with Germany, would continue to stay close to Ukraine in search of a lasting political solution to the “conflict” in the east of the country, as well as defend Ukraine’s sovereignty within internationally recognised borders.

In his greeting to Ukrainians, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote, “Germany will stand effectively and stay in solidarity with Ukraine in preserving its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will tirelessly advocate an end to the violence and suffering of Ukrainians living in the East of Ukraine. On the Independence Day of Ukraine, I want to emphasise: Crimea remains part of Ukraine”.

On the occasion of Independence Day, Pope Francis wished peace and prosperity to the President of Ukraine and all Ukrainian citizens.

“At this time, as you celebrate the country’s Independence Day in the context of the epidemic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I assure you and your citizens of my prayer and closeness to build a stable and united state in a spirit of unity, solidarity and dialogue so that every Ukrainian can live in peace, prosperity, security and brotherhood. May the Lord bless you and all the people of your country,” the pontiff’s letter said.

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga sent best wishes.

“Good trusting relations between our two countries allow us to solve major global problems together. I still have very nice memories of my recent visit to your country, and I really look forward to working with you to address these issues. I wish you and the people of Ukraine happiness, prosperity and success in the future,” she wrote.

“I send Your Excellency my warm congratulations on the occasion of your national holiday with great pleasure, together with the best wishes to the people of Ukraine at this difficult time,” said Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Natalia Tolub

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