The date is officially determined by President Petro Poroshenko in his decree that he signed most recently.
The newborn unit, the Special Operations Forces (SOF), is a part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces; most of the relevant information is strictly classified.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman congratulated the unit’s servicemen. ‘Risking their health and their lives, fighters of the Special Operations Forces demonstrate high-level professionalism, patriotism and heroism; they always perform their duty in the danger zone with dignity. Your combat experience and active part in the counter-terrorism operation in Eastern Ukraine hugely contribute to the defense capability of our state. The country is proud of you!’, reads Groysman’s statement.