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Poroshenko signs law on "Glory to Ukraine!" army chant

The new greeting will be put in the statutes of the Armed Forces
16:09, 11 October 2018

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law on the amendments to the statutes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Particularly, the issue is about the implementation of the military greeting "Glory to Ukraine!" – "Glory to Heroes" as 112 Ukraine reported.

"The discipline does not get rid of the necessity to respect the professional worker, patriot, human, a military staff. Such approach also hints the direction of the renewal of the military statutes. We made the first steps a few weeks ago when the parliament supported the offers of the president, adopted the bills and I signed the bill on the amendment to the military statutes on the military salute. "Glory to Ukraine" is natural today for every Ukrainian soldier and citizen," the president said.

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According to the law, the greeting "Glory to Ukraine" and the response "Glory to Heroes" are provided in the drill regulations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Moreover, the ritual of the raising of the state flag of Ukraine was regularized in the statute of the internal service of the Armed Forces. According to the current legislation, during the delivery of the flag, a person welcomes the personnel with its receiving and the soldiers reply with tripled "Glory." The law provides that during the delivery of the flag, a person welcomes the personnel with the words "Glory to Ukraine!" and they reply "Glory to Heroes!".

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During the elaboration of the law for the second reading, a word "comrade" was replaced by "Mr. or Madam" in the statute of the internal service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and drills charter of the forces.

Also, the law on the National Police was amended. According to it, when the police officers are in line for the greeting of the leader or senior officer, when they hear the salute "Glory to Ukraine!" they reply "Glory to Heroes". The same actions take place during the parting.

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The law will come into force the next day after the official publication.

As it was reported earlier, the bill was registered in the Parliament by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 3.

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The Committee on National Security and Defence recommended the Parliament to support the bill on the introduction of a military greeting “Glory to Ukraine” and reply “Glory to the Heroes!” as a basis with a speedy preparation to the second reading.

This new military slogan has drawn criticism for its links to World War II-era nationalist organizations.

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