Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko with his wife Marina and their children participated in the festive divine service in the Easter night. The Head of the State brought baskets with paskas (an Easter bread eaten in Eastern European countries including Ukraine, -ed.).
“Easter is a special day this year, because this holiday brings faith that the hardship is left behind. Let us pray for our defenders and the peace in Ukraine today,” Poroshenko noted.
The presidential couple along with Filaret, the celebrant of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and the religious walked the Cross Procession.
The President with the family visited the St. Basil’s Church, where they took part in the solemn Easter St. Common Prayer.
Then Poroshenko joint the festive liturgy of the congregations of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, where metropolitan Onuphrius, the current Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, carried out a worship in the Refectory Church.