All-Ukrainian action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” took place in different corners of Ukraine on August 23rd.

On August 23, before the Independence Day, an all-Ukrainian action “Draw, How Do You See Ukraine in 5 Years” took place. AI “Active Community” urged Ukrainians creatively congratulate the country on their birthday. Participants could dream and draw what Ukraine would be like in 5 years. The essence of the action was not just a picture or a greeting, but to make people see that all the wishes are real, especially if we make every effort to realize them.

The action took place in 25 cities of Ukraine in the central squares of cities. In general, about 1000 people took part in the action. It was interesting to draw the wishes of both children and adults. It was nice to see that Ukrainians are joining in the action with families and encouraging their children to love their homeland.

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Participants of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Kyiv.

Many foreigners joined the action which took place in the capital. They drew and wrote wishes to Ukraine and Ukrainians. They were also interested in how we are doing, how the reforms are going, where we are going and what we want to achieve. Communication with foreigners has helped us to understand that they understand the situation of Ukraine and support our steps towards development. Guests from America, Belarus, Finland, Poland wished peace and happiness, and guests from the Czech Republic wrote that they were waiting for us in the European Union.

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Part of the wishes that were drawn by foreign guests on the map of Ukraine during the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Kyiv.

We did a little analysis of the drawings from all the cities and saw what the Ukrainians most expect and what they want to work on in the next 5 years. For example, on August 24, the action took place in Rubizhne on the central square of the city. During the action participants wrote on the map of Ukraine their wishes: Ukraine should be free, rich, blooming, human, with a clear sea in 5 years. And that everyone in Ukraine lived happily ever and let there be PEACE in the country!

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Participants of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Rubizhne.

Most of the participants who joined the “Action” in Drohobych wished Ukraine a victory! Along with the victory, they painted returning Crimea home and the peace. In the opinion of Drohobych this is possible due to our wisdom, unity, desire for justice. Ukrainians also wished that the dollar will be at 5.50. They painted these wishes on a symbolic map of the country and said about their willingness to work for achieve all this.

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A participant of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Drohobych.

In Zaporizhzhia more than fifty passers-by joined the Action. They drew all their dreams and wishes on the big map of Ukraine. The most popular were the wishes of peace and victory. In addition, the residents of Zaporizhzhia wished their homeland prosperity, integrity and unity. For their opinion necessary a rule of human rights, high quality education (including inclusive ones) and the development of quality Ukrainian music have not been overlooked. They wished each other love, inspiration, the ability to rejoice and give thanks, to look confidently into the future and to be responsible! For their hometown, for Zaporizhzhia, participants wanted clean air and completed bridges. There were also unusual wishes: for example, tax breaks, dollars for 8 or less fools.

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A map of Ukraine with wishes for Independence Day of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia.

AI “Active Community” of Zinkiv region also congratulated our Ukraine on Independence Day! The participants were very emotional and spoke hundreds of compliments: how we love our blossoming country, our Ukraine and how we want to see it better! How willing to work for her benefit! How we honor our soldiers, our defenders and pray for their lives! Some participants even read poems during the action. Young children drew flowers, showing in such a way that they see their land blooming and  happy.

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The boy with his dad draws wishes to Ukraine during the action in Zinkiv (Poltava region).

Poltava citizens on Independence Day of Ukraine traditionally remember all those who worked for the benefit of the state and thank those who sacrifice their lives for peace in our country.

– For many Ukrainians, Independence Day is a long-awaited, but sad holiday. This day we remember the war in the Donbass region, which has been going on for more than a year, and the Crimea, which was annexed. Therefore, congratulations on the holiday are shrouded in sadness, but with the hope for a better future! Therefore, congratulations on the holiday are shrouded in sadness, but with the hope for a better future! Poltava citizens wished Ukraine strength in struggle, truth and peace, optimism for all Ukrainian people. To make our country better, cleaner! Wish for inspiration, happiness and harmony, warmth and new achievements! We are sure that we will overcome any obstacles together, – says coordinator of АI “Active Community” Lilia Garbuzyuk.

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A coordinator of АI “Active Community” in Poltava near the map with wishes from Poltava residents.

In Ivano-Frankivsk, the drawings of the participants of the “Action” symbolically reflected the wishes of three generations: modern development, prosperity and peace. However, among all the drawings was the idea about a strong, prosperous, independent state! While communicating with the participants, the coordinators of AI “Active Community” asked what they are ready to do for the development of Ukraine? Most participants spoke about the quality of their work and the upbringing their children in a patriotic spirit.

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A map of Ukraine with wishes for Independence Day of Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk city.

The residents of Chernivtsi, during the “Action” showed that they remember the difficult way to gain freedom and appreciate the opportunity to be free citizens in a sovereign state! Residents and visitors of the city left their wishes on the map of Ukraine and showed how they see our country in the future. The main desire of this people is the end of the war and the return Crimea and Donbass. And, in their opinion, Ukraine should be prosperous, with the only official language – Ukrainian.

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A map of Ukraine with wishes for Independence Day of Ukraine, Chernivtsi city. 

The city of Rivne joined the “Action” too. The residents of the city, up to the 28th anniversary of our state, wished her a comfortable life and health, trust and patience, prosperity, stability and territorial integrity. Children actively participated in the action. Their wishes were quite similar, because all of they wanted peace and that Ukraine believe in themselves, victories in the war and unity.

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Small participants of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Rivne city.

The flower on the stone or Kamianets-Podilskyi did not stay away from the action. The action was quite active and fun, especially with the participation of children. They drew wishes to Ukraine on August 23, on the Day of the Flag of Ukraine. The participants drew a peace dove in the East, red guelder rose as a symbol of Ukraine. They wished Ukraine freedom and eloquence.
The main wish and expectation is that Ukraine will be strong, self-sufficient and democratic. Blue and yellow flags will flutter again in Crimea and in the East of Ukraine. And storks will bring many small Ukrainians in their beak.

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Participants of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Kamianets-Podilskyi.

In Skadovsk, about a hundred residents joined the “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” campaign. The participants of the Action wished Ukraine:

  • peace, love and prosperity;
  • that the authorities value the people and protect the human potential;
  • economic development of the country and a happy destiny for everyone;
  • indifference and responsibility throughout so as not to be ashamed of the coming generations;
  • to end the war !;
  • European development;
  • honest authority;
  • always love Ukraine and pray for it every day!

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A map of Ukraine with wishes for Independence Day of Ukraine, Skadovsk city.

“I see Ukraine happy,” is exactly how one wishes to describe the wishes for Ukraine expressed in Kropyvnytskyi. During the action participants wrote on the map of Ukraine the wishes: Ukraine should be free, rich, peaceful, prosperous, human in 5 years. With clear sea and with beautiful grapes and watermelons. Sincerely, with love that all in Ukraine live happily!

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A small participant of the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Kropyvnytskyi city.

During the “Action” in Uzhgorod, someone wrote wishes to Ukraine on the occasion of the 28th anniversary, and someone drew what it should be: without war, without corruption and violence, a country of love and happiness. In Ukraine in 5 years will learn to sort garbage. Borders will be returned to their previous location. Crimea will come back because it is ours! Also, there will be highways that connect all the regions. After 5 years, good medicine will work in Ukraine and quality education in higher education will be provided.

There were both adults and small participants at the “Action”. The organizers asked the children: can you influence the changes in the country? They said yes. If you want to do this, you need to learn well, listen to your parents, and “watch” for adults.

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One of the wishes is drawn on the map of Ukraine during the action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years” in Uzhgorod city.

The pictures and wishes drawn by Ukrainians in different corners of our country show that we all want one thing – happiness for our country. And most importantly, we are all ready to act for the benefit of Ukraine, to make it better, to develop and develop with it. We are confident that the next 5 years will be decisive, as we become more active every year and understand that change depends on each of us.

Thank you to everyone who joined the all-Ukrainian action “Draw, which you see Ukraine in 5 years”. Your sincere wishes and greetings get inspiring and empowering to create change.

Note. The All-Ukrainian Initiative “Active Community” is the unite of people and civil movements for organize and participate cities residents in solving local problems. The initiative was created within the framework of the activities of the Institute “Republic”.