Upon an invitation by Jelgava city authorities and with the assistance of the Ukrainian Culture Society “Dzherelo” 19 children from Ivano-Frankivsk, whose parents are participants in ATO in the East of Ukraine, arrive in Latvia on Christmas holidays.
Among the children there are also displaced from Luhansk and those whose parents were killed in ATO defending Ukraine.
The children were welcomed by Mayor Ziedonis Caune at the Jelgava City Council and were shown the presentation about the city. According to the Mayor, Latvia has always been friendly towards Ukraine and in the difficult for Ukraine times Latvians are eager to help the people of Ukraine. “I think that Jelgava people, as well as the whole Latvia, support the aspiration of Ukraine for freedom and independence. This period is uneasy for Ukrainians, who directly feel the aftermath of military actions, it is also uneasy for children, whose parents are participants in ATO. Christmas is the time when we can please and help those in need and that is why we decided to invite these children to Jelgava to spend their winter holidays there and present them positive emotions”, the Mayor said.
Consul of the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia Oleh Horbenko thanked the Jelgava Council for the care about the Ukrainian children. According to him, Latvia, as a country presiding in the Council of the EU, is being in focus of Europe. Ukraine hopes that during its presidency a decision to introduce a visa-free regime for Ukrainians travelling to EU countries will passed and such visits will become more frequent. He said the meeting of the Ukrainian children with Jelgava authorities simultaneously with the visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics to Ukraine was quiet symbolic.