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The president said that the birth of Christ is the hope for salvation, peace and justice, according to the presidential press service.

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According to the president, the Ukrainians have celebrated this day for over a thousand years already. It has long been a tradition not only to sing carols, but also to recreate the birth of the Son of God in popular nativity scenes.

"We protect our customs, they make us special and different from others," he stressed.

In turn, Maryna Poroshenko wished Ukrainians joy and a happy future.

Also, the president called on the Ukrainian citizens to remember the defenders of Ukraine on this Christmas Eve and pray for them, wishing them health and strength.