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‘Don’t Get Blown Away by Air Defense! Ukrainian Kids Deliver Holiday Wishes to St. Nick!’

Every December, people around the world celebrate the season of peace and joy. Yet, amidst the festivities, it is easy to forget the challenges facing people living in war-torn countries. Such is the case in Ukraine, where civilians are enduring a 5-year-long conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region. As a result of the ongoing conflict, Ukrainian children have seen their quality of life deteriorate and are facing increasingly difficult circumstances. Now, a group of Ukrainian children have chosen to take matters into their own hands, sending a unique message of hope and resilience to St. Nicholas on his feast day. As part of a national holiday tradition, Ukrainian children write letters to St. Nicholas asking for Christmas gifts. However, this year, a group of brave children in the city of Mariupol have included in their letters something extraordinary: a heartfelt plea to the patron saint of sailors and soldiers to protect their families from air defense and stop the conflict in Ukraine. In the letter, the children express their hopes for peace and a better future in Ukraine. They also urge St. Nicholas to “make sure no Ukrainian families lose their children.” The letter is a powerful reminder of the resilience and strength of the Ukrainian people, and of the courage of these children in the face of adversity. The letters received a warm response from St. Nicholas, who assured the children he will do his best to bring peace and harmony to their lives. Ukrainian authorities have also expressed their support, noting that the heartfelt gesture of these children is an “example of inspiration and resilience” in the face of conflict. This uplifting story serves as a reminder that even during times of war, a simple act of kindness can make a lasting impact. Conflict can take a huge toll on children, but it is reassuring to know that with hope, even the direst of circumstances can be positively changed.