The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych congratulated the citizens of Ukraine on Easter, ForUm learned from the press service of the Head of State.

"Christ is Risen, my dear compatriots! Every year, when I tell you these words, my heart is filled with great gratitude. Gratitude to the Lord for having helped us this year to wait till a Light of Day of Resurrection. Gratitude to all Ukrainian citizens who, through their honest work, decent life and wisdom, contributed our celebration of this holiday in peace and harmony," the congratulatory message reads.

"My heart is filled with special thanks to Ukrainian mothers, who in this difficult time, bear particular responsibility. They take care of children, cementing the family and strengthening all of us by their prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary - the mother of the Son of God, who was resurrected for our salvation. I wish all the citizens of Ukraine and Ukrainians, living in other states, joyful Easter holidays, faith, hope and love. Christ is Risen! Indeed is Risen!" the statement says.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov also congratulated his fellow citizens on the occasion of Easter, the Cabinet’s press office informs.

"Dear compatriots! I heartily congratulate you on the bright Resurrection of Christ, the most spiritual holiday, which is a symbol of renewal and invincible faith. Our whole history shows that success is usually based on a strong spiritual foundation," he said.

"Today, when the Ukrainian society is living in expectation of tangible shift from large-scale social and economic reforms initiated by the country's President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine, I am convinced that the Easter reminds all: only peace, love, unity and harmony can overcome difficulties, make society spiritually healthier to achieve renewal and progress. Therefore, I sincerely wish that the joy of Easter enters every home, every family, and fills the heart and soul of Ukrainians with faith and hope. Love, health and peace to all. Christ is Risen!" the message reads. 

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak congratulated the citizens of Ukraine on Easter, the Parliament’s press service reports.

"Dear compatriots! I heartily congratulate you on Easter, the holiday, which brings spiritual joy and hope, strengthens faith and fills the hearts of millions with mercy and good feelings. Easter for every Orthodox Christian symbolizes the triumph of truth and justice, when the renewed powers of life, love and goodness prevail over the whole world," the speaker said.


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