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Zelensky urges Council of Rabbis to promote dialogue with Donbas, Crimea residents

Rabbis of Ukraine congratulated Zelensky on the election as a new head of state and declared their support for all his peace initiatives
17:51, 6 May 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Rabbis of Ukraine
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The Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky during a personal meeting asked the Ukrainian Rabbis Council to support his idea of building a dialogue with the residents of the temporarily occupied territories in the east of Ukraine and the Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the president elect.

“I met with the representatives of different religions and cultures. Today I appeal to you to support our idea of developing a dialogue with the residents of the temporarily occupied territories in the east of Ukraine and Crimea. We consider it necessary not to lose contact with these people, because they are all Ukrainians, our fellow citizens,” Zelensky said.  

The rabbi Pinkhas Vyshedsky, who lived for a long time in Donetsk, responded that this was the most correct and effective way.

Related: Institute of National Memory of Ukraine urges not to hold Zelensky’s inauguration on May 19

It is noted that at the meeting, among other things, there was a discussion about the fight against anti-Semitism. In particular, the participants noted that today in Ukraine this problem is not as acute as in other countries of the world. Every year more than 800 thousand pilgrims come to Ukraine; 150 Jewish righteous people are buried here.

As it was reported earlier, the president-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that it was too early to talk about the possible dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and the holding of early parliamentary elections.

Earlier Zelensky said that the heads of parliamentary factions do not yet have a common opinion on the date of his inauguration. Most likely, it will become known after the May 14 Verkhovna Rada meeting. He stated this after a meeting with the deputies.

Related: Advisor to Zelensky discusses diversification of energy supplies with U.S. Secretary of Energy

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