“The rally “Chain of unity” has ended a few minutes ago. Two columns reunited in the middle of the bridge. Participants were singing Ukraine’s anthem, nationalistic songs, and chanted slogans. They are still on the bridge. A part of the participants is holding a poster with a sign “United Ukraine,” the journalist noted.
It is expected that both of the columns will sing Ukraine’s anthem, then they will observe a minute of silence for all those deceased for Ukraine’s independence.
Besides, people will pay flowers to the monuments to Taras Shevchenko and Hrushensky in the capital.
“An exhibition “100 years of struggle” is held on the Independence Square, it will last for two weeks,” the correspondent added.
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 Dnipro.
The holiday was granted official status by the presidential decree in 1999.