President of Ukraine

Olena Zelenska to Ukrainian forced migrants: Never doubt if Ukraine needs you

20 August 2023 - 22:45

Olena Zelenska to Ukrainian forced migrants: Never doubt if Ukraine needs you

First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska is on a working visit to the Kingdom of Denmark with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President's wife and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary took part in the church service in the Cathedral of Haderslev. The service was held as a gesture of support for the Ukrainian people. The service was attended by the Ukrainian forced migrants who have found refuge in Denmark.

The participants lit candles in memory of Ukrainian children who died because of Russian aggression.

"I am grateful to Denmark for this gesture, for the opportunity to be here and for the daily support and assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainians. Denmark not only provides assistance in defense. It participates in the restoration of schools, hospitals, bomb shelters, water, heat and energy supply, supports the Ukrainian economy and the most affected regions, and condemns the abduction of Ukrainian children at the diplomatic level. And today, candles in these ancient walls are a symbol not only of remembrance, but also of common hope," the President's wife noted.

During the meeting in the cathedral, Olena Zelenska and Crown Princess Mary met with Ukrainian and Danish volunteers who help temporary migrants from Ukraine with adaptation and accommodation.

A meeting was also held with the family of Natalia Irza, a Ukrainian migrant from the village of Klavdiievo-Tarasove, Bucha district, Kyiv region. Natalia and her three children arrived in Haderslev at the end of May 2022. In Ukraine, she was an accountant and financier. In Denmark, she works in the field of elderly care.

"In every country of my working visits, I always try to meet with our migrants and find out how they are doing. It is very important for us to know that our countrymen are not only safe, but also receive the necessary help and understanding. After Russia's full-scale invasion, the Ukrainian community in Denmark increased by almost 40 thousand people," the First Lady said.

The President's wife emphasized that Ukrainian migrants today are ambassadors of the language, culture, history and modernity of our country. They show by their example how Ukrainians not only fight, but also live, overcome problems, and support each other.

"I would like to say to all Ukrainian migrants, no matter where they ended up as a result of the war: never doubt if Ukraine needs you. You are Ukraine. Whatever each of us is, that's what Ukraine is. And it will be what we make it," Olena Zelenska summarized.