Ukrainians, Canadians Celebrate with Hockey and Food

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in style. To mark the event, the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv organized street hockey games on Khreshchatyk, Kyiv’s main street. Several journalists from UATV played on one of the teams. They were able to hold their own in some pretty tough competition. The first match was against the Invictus Games team.

We had not so much time to train but it was still good. We were not too angry or something like that. We were balanced, and it was nice. I think these were the best guys that I ever got in touch with.

Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the day was the match between the Canadian and Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klychko and the Canadian Ambassador Roman Washchuk dropped the pucks to begin the match. Before the start, the Canadian ambassador presented Klychko with a hockey jersey. Even the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was there. The RCMP is helping train Ukraine’s metropolitan police and National Guard. One mounty told us his thoughts on Canada’s 150th anniversary.

It’s a great milestone for our country and it shows that we look abroad… and we’re glad to share it.

And there was lots of talk about Ukrainian-Canadian relations. The team from EPAM was looking forward to the upcoming Ukraine-Canada Free Trade Agreement. They had good reasons to be at the celebration.

We are here today to celebrate 150th anniversary of Canada, because we’re working for Canadian Tire project… that’s why we have close connections with Canada.

But it wasn’t all about hockey and relationships. There were Canadian products on display or for sale. And food! Poutine is a fast-food dish that’s quintessentially Canadian.

The Canadian embassy had more events planned in the run up to Canada Day on July 1st.

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