Government suggests making “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” the military salute

The draft law suggests replacing military salute “Wishing Health” with “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes”
16:18, 7 February 2018

The Ukrainian government made a suggestion to the Parliament to make the salute “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” an obligatory for Ukrainian servicemen, according to the draft law #7549, registered in the Rada on Feb. 5.

The draft envisages that to the salute of a commander or serviceman of higher rank “Glory to Ukraine!”, all servicemen who are in or outside the ranks shall respond “Glory to the heroes!”, and the same procedure happens when a commander or serviceman of a higher rank leaves.

It is planned that the servicemen will also use the salute when the war flag of a military unit is being handed over.

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The bill also is to introduce an hour of national and patriotic training in the schedule of Ukrainian soldiers.

The greeting “Glory to Ukraine!” And response “Glory to the heroes!” was in use during the Ukrainian War of Independence of 1917-1921, and later on during WWII by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. 

The phrase has undergone a resurgence in recent times, becoming a popular and prominent refrain during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

Russian disinformation has been trying to twist this slogan to describe Ukrainians as intolerant nationalists.

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