On August 24, 2023, Yukon’s Premier Ranj Pillai issued a statement in recognition of Ukrainian Independence Day. Ukraine has been struggling for true freedom since the Russian invasion. This unjust war has caused immense suffering for the Ukrainian people and stripped the country of sovereignty and democratic values. He highlighted how the Ukrainian people inspire the world with their dedication to defending democracy. On Ukraine’s Independence Day, Canada and the Yukon celebrate the Ukrainian people’s unique culture, language, and self-identity and stand with them in solidarity.