Several responsible for kyiv guaranteed to the citizens that They will not allow Russia to “steal” their Christmas Ukrainian children, illuminating a small tree in the center of the capital.
Monday began with a series of shelling attacks on various critical infrastructure in kyiv but ended with the installation of a 12-meter-tall artificial fir tree in the center of the city, decorated with doves of peace.
Dozens of neighbors challenged the freezing cold to admire the tree, located next to the cathedral of hagia sophia of kyiv, famous for its golden domes, and did not miss the opportunity to take some selfies.
Among them was natalya, a tour operator. According to her, the little tree “It brings a festive atmosphere to a difficult period.”
“It is a very emblematic element of our end-of-year parties,” he added, in front of the fir tree, illuminated with yellow and blue bulbs, the colors of the national flag.
In its upper part they placed the country coat of armswhich represents a golden trident.
“The Russians try to deprive our citizens of a normal life but we will not let them steal the greatest of holidays, New Year and Christmas, from our children,” declared the mayor of the city, Vitali Klitschko, during the inauguration.
The “invincibility” fir tree
According to the Orthodox tradition, Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on January 7but various surveys indicate that a growing number of people They prefer to celebrate it on December 25Just like other churches do.
A survey of Interfax-Ukraine shows that support for that change went from 26% in 2021 to 44% in 2022.
At first, the mayor had doubted whether to put up the tree or not, the mayor himself acknowledged, fearful of the shelling by Russian forceswhich caused major blackouts in the country, in the middle of boreal winter.
But the city has adapted. The lights of the fir tree are illuminated thanks to a diesel generator and ornaments from other years were used.
“We have called it ‘the Christmas tree of Ukrainian invincibility,’” Klitschko declared, stressing that the idea is that “children spend a few [buenas] vacations despite the difficult times”.
But it’s hard to ignore the conflict and get fully into the holiday spirit.
“There is no special festive atmosphere,” he told the news agency. AFP Tetyana Prykhodkoaccountant.
She just moved to kyiv from Khersona city in the south of the country that was occupied for months by the Russians.
“I just hope that, in the end, everything ends and that peace comes. That is what we all hope for, ”he stated.
(With information from AFP)
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