Saint Nicholas trades his sleigh for a train to deliver presents in eastern Ukraine

Saint Nicholas has been delivering his traditional gifts to children in eastern Ukraine this year, in a project organized by Ukrainian Railways, UNICEF and the military, the Ukrainian government said. Video by Murat Sahin, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, shows a crowd on the platform of the Slovyansk train station as the Saint Nicholas train, decorated with a Christmas theme, opens its doors. The train will visit children in newly recovered parts of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv and Kherson, according to the Ukrainian government. “This year, the skies of Ukraine are closed for the flight of a sleigh with gifts, so Saint Nicholas will arrive on a Ukrainian Railways train,” said Oleksandr Kamyshin, president of railways. Credit: Murat Sahin via Storyful

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