Today, November 21, is the Day of Dignity and Freedom in Ukraine, one of the most significant days in the modern Ukrainian history. Ukrainains commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, reports Joinfo.ua.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Decree of 13 November 2014 established this day as the day of the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity, which started on the Maidan of Independancy. The Decree is aimed “to establish in Ukraine the ideals of freedom and democracy, preserving and commemorating for the present and future generations the objective information about the momentous events in Ukraine of beginning of the XXI century, and the tradition of proper respect to the patriotism and courage of our citizens, who defended democratic values, rights and freedoms of the people and the citizens, the national interests of our state and its European choice”.
The holiday was established to mark the day, when two revolutions began: the Orange Revolution (2004) and the Revolution of Dignity (2013). The holiday is a successor to the celebration of Freedom Day, which was celebrated in honor of the Orange Revolution from 2005 to 2011 on 22 November.
On November 21, 2013 Ukrainians walked out for public protests against the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to suspend the preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
On this memorable day Kyiv and in all the regions of Ukraine conduct commemorative events. At the same time, some activists have announced a proposal to discuss, if the course of actions of the Ukrainian leaders meet the requirements of the Maidan.
It should be recalled that yesterday Brussels Parliament ratified EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Now as it was approved by all 28 of the EU Member States, the Association Agreement will come into force.