As Easter approaches, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky turned to fellow citizens, urging them to stay at home on Easter and to abstain from attending holy masses in churches - in the view of the upcoming peak of Covid-19 in Ukraine. The President said so during his address to the citizens on April 7.
"We are two in the situation when we've got to change our traditions for health and life. On our side, we'll do everything to provide the broadcast of services on TV channels. And you... I ask you to remember the God's commandment about love for your close ones. In the times of coronavirus, the best manifestation of such love is not to create any danger for health and life of your close ones", he said.
The head of the state also reiterated that the Office of the President communicates with heads of all churches, and reiterated that Christians of the Western rite are about to celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 12.
"I hope all church leaders will facilitate such decision. They understand the responsibility that they carry for the safety of their worshippers", Zelensky concluded.