Ukraine News Today: People created a human chain to connect banks of Dnipro river on Unity Day
Activists with candles held a minute of silence in memory of those who died on the Maidan, and in the eastern Ukraine during the Anti-Terrorist Operation.
On Paton Bridge in Kyiv activists formed a human chain to the 98th anniversary of signing Unity Accord between the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UPR) and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic (WUPR), reported the 112 Ukraine correspondent.
Participants of the action on the right and left banks of the Dnipro River formed the two columns that symbolize WUPR and UPR, and then joined together. Also they carried the flag of yellow and blue colors 30 meters long.
Activists took a minute of silence in memory of those who died on the Maidan, and in Donbas.
Ukrainian President greeted people on Unity Day
The Ukrainian president said that on January 22, 1919, unification of two state formations emerged from the wreckage of different empires into a single united Ukraine was declared on Kyiv’s St. Sophia’s Square.
“The reunion, or as it was called at that time – ‘zluka,’ has originated from the national liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people, a historic movement of Ukrainians for the creation of their own state. [It appeared] from dreams, aspirations and efforts of many generations of fighters for independence and unity,” President Petro Poroshenko said at festivities, UNIAN reports.
“Even though the unification of the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic in 1919 was symbolic, it had a crucial importance for the establishment of the Ukrainian unitary, sovereign state within its present borders. It outlined geographic, political and identifying contours of a united Ukraine. Unity remained a powerful, life-giving idea conveyed to posterity. That is why we mark this day in such a festive way,” he said.
“Unity is an indivisible whole from all Ukrainian lands that once belonged to different empires and now form the European independent Ukrainian state. Unity is not just a common territory. This is a spiritual unity, common values, ideals and aspirations. This is a great strong family of all Ukrainian citizens,” he said.
According to the Ukrainian president, Ukrainian families speak Ukrainian, Russian, Crimean Tatar and other languages, but they are consolidated by a single Ukrainian state. “We belong to different churches, but we have one God. And one land. We have common past and problems. We rejoice and mourn together. We have a common enemy, common goal and common unity,” he said.
Ukraine Crisis: Militants attacked Ukrainian positions 33 times over the past day
No casualties among Ukrainian Armed Forces were reported.
Illegal armed groups in Donbas continue to violate Minsk agreement and attack Ukrainian positions with banned weapons, according to the ATO HQ.
In the Mariupol sector, occupants fired mortars on Vodiane village. They used rocket launchers and small arms to attack Pavlopil, Lebedynske, Hranitne, Novohryhorivka, Vodiane, Talakivka and Shyrokyne. An enemy sniper fired in Lebedynske.
In the Donetsk sector, militants fired rocket launchers and small arms on Avdiyivka, Zaytseve and Novhorodske.
In the Luhansk sector, illegal armed groups fired on Troitske from mortar. The villages of Novooleksandrivka, Valuyske and Novozvanivka were attacked with rocket launchers and small arms.
There were no casualties among Ukrainian soldiers.