“Ukraine’s survival is a testament to the strength of its people. Through centuries of Russian and communist domination, the suppression of their language and culture and the atrocities of the Holodomor, they have endured.

“Today, Ukrainians are again threatened by the Kremlin through the illegal occupation of the eastern part of their country and Crimea. Still, Ukraine is resilient, with a bright future ahead. 

“Alberta is connected to Ukraine by deep ties of blood and history. And we’re proud to stand with Ukrainians in their struggle for justice and freedom.

“I wish the people of Ukraine, and all their extended family in our province, a happy Independence Day.”