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National Unity Day: People make live chain in Kyiv

It is the 12th rally held over the years of Ukraine's independence
10:43, 22 January 2019

People make a live chain on Paton Bridge in Kyiv celebrating the National Unity Day, January 22, 2018
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Rally dedicated to the National Unity Day of Ukraine held in Kyiv. The participants made a live chain on Paton Bridge holding an enormously big national flag, as 112 Ukraine correspondent reported.

“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.

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People make a live chain on Paton Bridge in Kyiv celebrating the National Unity Day, January 22, 2018
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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.

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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.

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