[Global Network Report] "Ukraine celebrated Christmas for the first time on December 25th." Many foreign media, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Qatar Al Jazeera, are concerned about Ukraine’s latest move on "de-russification".
According to the report, many Ukrainian Orthodox Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas on December 25th instead of January 7th, the traditional Orthodox Church. Al Jazeera commented that this is the first time Ukraine has done this in a century, which means "breaking the Russian tradition".
Caption: On the 24th local time, Zelenski delivered a video screenshot of Christmas speech on social media. Source: Social Media X.
According to BBC, Ukrainian President Zelenski said in his Christmas speech on 24th that all Ukrainians are now united. "We celebrate Christmas together. On the same day, as a big family, as a nation, as a United country. " Zelenski said.
Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine has taken a series of measures to speed up "de-Russification". Buildings and monuments related to the Soviet Union and Russia were demolished in many places in Ukraine, and city streets were renamed after Ukrainian historical figures, artists, poets and soldiers. According to previous reports, in July this year, the website of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine said that Zelenski signed a law to adjust the official Christmas date of Ukraine from January 7th to December 25th.
With regard to a series of "de-Russification" moves in Ukraine, the website of Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that belik, a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, once said that various measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities were aimed at creating chaos and division among the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the people. The Wudang Bureau did not hesitate to abandon values and traditions in order to follow the West, which showed that it could betray people’s beliefs and interests for the support of the West. The Russian "news.ru" news network commented that the Ukrainian authorities have shown increasingly fierce provocation against Russia. In response to the rescheduling of Christmas, the branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) announced that it would not follow the bill signed by Zelenski. Climent, spokesman of UOC, said, "What can be guaranteed is that the vast majority of Ukrainians, regardless of their religion, will celebrate Christmas as before."