Ukraine, Zelensky Wish USA Happy 4th of July, Release Video of Military Band Playing ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

(The Hill) – Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, wished the United States a Happy Independence Day on Monday as the nation fights for its own independence against the ongoing Russian invasion.

“I appreciate the leadership support of the United States in Ukraine’s defense of common values ​​- freedom, democracy and independence,” he added. Zelensky tweetedwishing Americans and President Biden a happy 4th of July.

The United States has made support for Ukraine a cornerstone of its foreign policy since Russia invaded the country on February 24. not seen since the cold war.

“Happy 4th of July or July to all our American friends and thank you for standing with us in our darkest hour. Together we will overcome,” the Ukrainian government said. official Twitter account said.

The Ukrainian Military Orchestra on Monday posted a video of the band performing the American national anthem, sung in English, in honor of the holiday.

“Dear American friends, we appreciate all the support we receive from the United States, and today we sincerely wish you a Happy Independence Day,” an unnamed uniformed military official said in the video after the performance. band.

The gesture was one of many from the Ukrainian military.

“On behalf of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and on my own behalf, I send my heartfelt wishes to the American people on the anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence,” said Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief. head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, wrote in a Facebook post.

“I wish you success in your future endeavours, prosperity, lots of happiness and robust health,” he continued.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also marked July 4 in a message.

“Happy 4th of July or July to all of our American friends and thank you for standing with us in our darkest hour,” the official Ukrainian government record said. tweeted monday. “Together we will overcome.”

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