On Sunday, Father’s Day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the “strong and brave” soldiers defending Ukraine against Russia’s invasion and expressed the hope that all fathers would finally return from the front.
“Thank you to every father and family in Ukraine for raising strong, courageous soldiers to fight for Ukraine’s survival and defend its independence!” Posted on social media by Zelensky.
He posted a video by United24, a government initiative to raise donations, which showed Ukrainian soldiers returning from home, hugging children.
“I wish for our fathers to live long and healthy lives. And for every father who is on the front line to come home,” Zelensky said.
Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
Western estimates suggest around 150,000 dead and wounded on each side.