During a working trip to the Kherson region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskнy visited the Chabad Synagogue, which has a community of more than 5,000 members.
The Head of State met with the chief rabbi of Kherson and the Kherson region Yossef Itzhak Wolff and got himself acquainted with the work of the synagogue.
"You have done a lot for the people of our state. In many homes you have brought happy moments in life. Of course, you gave people hope. That is why you have become the guarantor of our Constitution,” Yossef Itzhak Wolff said during a conversation in the prayer room.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also inspected the repaired parts of the building, which were damaged by criminals during an arson attempt in April this year.
Yossef Itzhak Wolff thanked the President for the quick reaction of the Ukrainian authorities to this act of anti-Semitism. Three weeks after the incident, police detained two suspects in the crime.
During a meeting, the Head of State and the chief rabbi of the region presented letters of gratitude to Chief of Police of the Kherson Region Oleksandr Prokudin and Head of the Security Service of Ukraine in the region Serhiy Kryvoruchko for the rapid crime solution.
"The main thing is not that this is a quick and correct result. I think the most important thing - and it happened - is that all people see that there are citizens of Ukraine in Ukraine. And, regardless of nationality, religion, they are all protected by the state of Ukraine, our institutions, our law enforcement agencies. The most important thing is for everyone to feel like people here,” the President said.
According to him, such actions of law enforcement officers improve the rating and prestige of our state.
"The main thing is that at the international level - which is also important - it will be appreciated. Because there is a hybrid information war, when they say that we have xenophobia, anti-Semitism. Such actions are very important to show that the level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is very low. If there are attempts, we prevent them," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.