Zelenskyy participates in Iftar with Muslim soldiers on Ramadan
Volodymyr Zelenskyy awards the commander of the Crimea battalion, Isa Akayev, before the iftar on April 7, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Alina Yarysh)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in Iftar (fast-breaking meal during the religious holiday of Ramadan) along with Muslim Ukrainian military service members, representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and diplomatic officials, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reported on April 7.
“Today we are establishing the following tradition for Ukraine — Iftar at an official level, together with our heroes — the present Muslim soldiers, together with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, together with representatives of the entire Muslim community of Ukraine,” the president said.
“By this act, we affirm that Ukraine values every person and every community.”
Zelenskyy thanked Muslims in Ukraine and the entire Muslim community of the world for their commitment to maintaining peace and justice. The Ukrainian president also stressed that the liberation of Crimea is non-negotiable, saying that Kyiv will ultimately free the homeland of Crimean Tatars form Russian occupation.
Ukrinform adds that Muslims use Iftar to build ties between representatives of different nationalities and help them get acquainted with the Muslim way life.
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