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Ukrainian FM sends Passover greetings, cites Kyiv’s commitment to ‘life and freedom’

Dmytro Kuleba urges unity in ‘bringing peace to Ukraine’; Biden evokes Ukrainians, all those ‘fighting for freedom’ during virtual seder as world leaders wish Jews a happy holiday

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is seen following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on April 7, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is seen following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on April 7, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)

With his country under an ongoing Russian offensive, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday sent Passover greetings to Jews in Ukraine and around the world who are celebrating the Jewish holiday.

“Life and freedom are Ukraine’s two most important values. Let us all be united in protecting them and bringing peace to Ukraine,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

He added “Happy Passover” in Hebrew.

US President Joe Biden also evoked Ukraine during a virtual seder hosted by the White House.

“During this holiday, our hearts are with the people of Ukraine and all the people fighting for freedom,” he said. “May the spirit of Passover deliver us from oppression, carry us forward and give us strength.”

Passover is sometimes referred to as “the holiday of freedom” owing to its commemoration of the Jewish Exodus from bondage in Egypt.

Numerous other world leaders also issued Passover greetings, including Ukrainian nemesis Russian President Vladimir Putin

“This ancient holiday, held in special reverence by followers of Judaism, dates back to important historical events, and refers believers to the centuries-old religious and cultural traditions of the Jewish people who have carefully passed them down through the generations,” he said in a statement from the Kremlin.

Putin also hailed the “significant creative contribution” Jewish groups have made in Russia’s development.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the other leaders who issued Passover statements.

Other Passover greetings of note came from English rock-n-roll legend Paul McCartney and the NFL’s Houston Texas, who tweeted out edited pictures of the team’s players holding matzah instead of footballs.

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