Traditionally, on the Day of Saint Mykolai (Nicholas), which is celebrated on 19 December, the main Christmas tree in Ukraine was lit up in Kyiv. This year the celebration is accompanied by real winter snow. The colorful tree got caught in the lens of Euromaidan Press (all photos by Olena Makarenko).
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Olena Makarenko is a journalist at Euromaidan Press. In 2014, Olena started working as a volunteer on public initiatives focusing on building civil society and promoting dialogue between people from different regions of Ukraine.
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