Memorial bas-relief in honor of Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Army and the President of the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UNR) during Ukraine's sovereignty in 1918–1921 Symon Petliura will be opened in Kyiv. This was reported by the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance.
The prominent Ukrainian state, military and political figure, the organizer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Chief Otaman of the Army and Fleet of the UNR, and the head the Ukrainian People’s Republic Symon Petliura will be commemorated by a memorial plaque on the facade of the building on Symon Petliura Street. The plaque will be installed on January 21 at 12:00.
The author of the bas-relief is a sculptor Vasyl Markush.
"The opening of the memorial bas-relief of Symon Petliura in the street named after him is another important step towards perpetuating one of the prominent figures of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921, but this is not enough. As part of the celebration of the centenary of the revolution, the memorial to the Chief Otaman and the Head of the UNR Directorate Petliura must appear in the capital of Ukraine. His name, along with the names of Mazepa and Bandera, has become one of the symbols of the struggle of Ukrainians for freedom," the head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Vyatrovich said.
As it was reported earlier on January 22, 2018 Ukrainians celebrated the Day of the National Unity. 99 years ago on this day, the-then Ukrainian People's Republic and Western Ukrainian People's Republic united, based on the respective Act of Unity.
On this day, many Ukrainians join the live chain across Dnieper river, holding hands so as to symbolize the nation's integrity; the tradition dates back to 1990, when the event took place for the first time; that was one of the most memorable pages of the Ukrainian history. Currently, similar actions take place in other Ukrainian cities, divided into two banks by Dnieper.