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Ukraine celebrates National Flag Day

On August 23, to mark the National Flag Day of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko, President’s wife Maryna Poroshenko, Ukrainian servicemen and top officials took part in the solemn ceremony at Sofiyivska Square in Kyiv downtown.
Ukraine celebrates National Flag Day

President Poroshenko was raising the National Flag of Ukraine along with Mariya – the daughter of the Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak. The President recalled of the brave deed by the Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak, which touched the hearts of millions of Ukrainians. He performed an extremely worthy deed – he sacrificed his life protecting the flag of Ukraine in his native Horlivka, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Presidential press service.

Petro Poroshenko stressed that respect to national symbols demonstrate public consciousness, capacity and readiness to join efforts and overcome the challenges and threats that fall on us.

“We face a very challenging task – to do so that our flag flies again over Donetsk and Luhansk, Simferopol and Sevastopol”, Petro Poroshenko said.

The President reminded of the deed when the citizen of occupied Luhansk – we know her name as Hanna Ivanivna from the video – visited the monument to poet Taras Shevchenko, at his birthday anniversary, carrying the blue and yellow flag despite actual threat to her life; moreover, Ukrainian patriots run Ukrainian flag on March 18 on the Crimean coast.

“I would like to recall also the brave deed of one Ukrainian warrior, although I can’t mention his name because he is a reconnaissance scout. Thanks to him, our flag flied over the occupied facilities near Mar’inka despite the occupants’ shelling. Previously, the combatants of Special Operations Forces of Ukraine raised our flag over the village of Zaitseve in the outskirts of Horlivka”, the President noted.

“All of them are steps to return our Ukrainian flag to Donbas. They are steps to return our flag to Crimea”, – President Poroshenko stated calling it a symbolic fact that Oleh Verniaiev born in Donbas, having won the Olympic gold, brings glory to Ukraine, our flag and our anthem in far-away Rio de Janeiro.

The event participants observed a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of the Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak and all the deceased for independence of Ukraine.