On May 9, Ukraine marks Victory Day over Nazism in the Second World War. It is the 72nd Victory Day anniversary, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
This memorable date was enshrined by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, in the law on perpetuating victory over Nazism in 1939-1945 World War II, passed on April 9, 2015, as part of a package of laws on de-communization.
Since then, May 9 is celebrated as Victory Day over Nazism in World War II instead of the Soviet-era Victory Day commemorating the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
The term “Great Patriotic War” was utilized in the former USSR to emphasize that citizens were defending the Soviet Union as their common state in the war of 1941-1945.
The use of Soviet marks during Victory Day events in Ukraine has been cancelled, Chairman of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Vyatrovych emphasized.
A red field poppy, an internationally recognized sign used to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, became the official symbol of both Victory Day over Nazism in WWII and the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (May 8) in Ukraine.
Ukrainians wear the remembrance poppy logo developed by graphic designer from Kharkiv Serhiy Mishakin. The slogan of both memorable days is “1939-1945. We Remember, We Prevail.”
In 2017, Ukraine is officially celebrating Victory Day over Nazism in WWII for the second time.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that from 8 million to 10 million Ukrainians were killed during the Second World War, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
“WWII was the most terrible war in history. Many human and national tragedies intertwined, becoming an epic picture that makes our blood freeze until now, though it happened many and many decades ago,” the president said during at an official event at Kyiv’s National Museum of History of Ukraine in WWII on Tuesday, May 9. “Sixty-five million were killed all over the world, they include from eight million to ten million Ukrainians,” he said.
“A deadly fiery tornado crossed Ukraine twice from the west to the east and backwards. Active combat operations involving about 60% of the Wehrmacht divisions and half of the [Soviet] Red Army units took place on our land. That war is the relocation of over two million young women and men from Ukraine for forced labor. It’s forced-labor and concentration camps. It’s Babi (Babyn) Yar [a site of massacres carried out by German Nazi forces in Kyiv]. About one million and a half Ukrainian Jews were eliminated by the Nazis, “Poroshenko added.
Before the official opening ceremony of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, a Red Carpet event took place in Kyiv for all contestants and envoys from 42 participating countries.
Watch the ceremony below:
The Ukrainian rock band O.Torvald, Ukraine’s contestant in the Eurovision song contest in 2017, will perform in the 22nd Grand Final in Kyiv on May 13: