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Ukraine celebrates World War II Victory Day

On May 9, Ukraine celebrates the Day of the victory over Nazism in the World War II of 1939-1945
Ukraine celebrates World War II Victory Day

The memorable date was established by the Ukraine’s Parliament on April 9, 2015, with the law “On perpetuation of the victory over Nazism in the World War II of 1939-1945” voted for within the package of decommunisation laws, UNIAN reports.

Now, May 9 is celebrated as the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II, instead of the established Soviet-era Day of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. As is known, the term “Great Patriotic War” was used in the former USSR to emphasize that in the war of 1941-1945, the people defended the Soviet Union as common homeland, At the same time, according to head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Volodymyr Vyatrovich,  the use of Soviet symbols is now restricted in ceremonies honoring the memory of those who perished in World War II.

Instead, the official symbol of the celebration of the victory over Nazism in World War II, just as on the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, is a red poppy – common around the world on remembrance days of WWII. Ukraine used its own styling, developed by a Kharkiv designer Serhiy Mishakin. The slogan of both days is “1939-1945. Remembering. Winning.”

Last year, the law had not yet come into force before May 9, but Ukraine celebrated the holiday at an official level in a format different from the format of the “Victory Day” anyway. On this day, the wreath-laying ceremony was held of to the monument to the unknown soldiers of the Red Army, while Kyiv hosted a peace march with the participation of military brass bands from Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Serbia. The event was preceded with the oath of allegiance by young cadets in the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. At the same time there was no traditional military parade in the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Thus, the new holiday is officially celebrated for the first time in Ukraine in 2016.