Ukraine has always been an open country respecting all faith, - the President

09.09.2020, 09:04
Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in his video address to the II Kyiv Jewish forum.

This was reported by Ukrinform.

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“Ukraine has always been an open country that respects all religious denominations. Many Ukrainians have been awarded the honorable title of Righteous Among the Nations of the world,” the Head of State said.

The President recalled that he recently signed a decree that, among other things, proposed to grant Rosh Hashanah, Passover and Hanukkah holidays the status of state holidays. “It is important for all of us to work together to prevent xenophobia, intolerance, and antisemitism, and to work together to develop tolerance and respect for all nationalities and faiths," Zelenskyy said.

He pointed out that we should not forget the crimes and atrocities of the past. In his opinion, young people should know and remember about them, so as never to allow them again. “I want to note the excellent initiative of the Jewish Confederation called the ‘Righteous of my City’, dedicated to the memory of Ukrainians who risked their own lives to save Jews during the World War II. They are a model for all future generations,” the President added.

As reported, on July 30, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed decree No. 303/2020, which instructed the government to consider granting state status to a series of religious holidays, including Ramadan-Bayram, Eid al-Adha, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Easter of Western-rite Christians.

On September 8-9, the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine was hosting Kyiv Jewish Forum for the second time this year. Given the epidemic situation in the world, it will be held online in partnership with the Jerusalem Post.