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Ukraine celebrates Day of Remembrance
13:07, 8 May 2018

Ukraine celebrates Day of Remembrance

Ukraine observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims of WWII

13:07, 8 May 2018

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Today Ukraine celebrates the Day of Remembrance. In fact, Ukraine will celebrate the end of WWII in a new way the fifth year in a row. Since 2014 our state has abandoned a tradition to celebrate Soviet Victory Day for the first time ever and held the official events due to the end of the war in Europe on May 8 and May 9.

According to the order of Petro Poroshenko, May 8 is the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and May 9 is Victory Day over Nazism in WWII.

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The majority of the European countries celebrate the end of the battle actions on May 8 and the Day of Europe is celebrated on May 9.

Also, the Soviet symbols such as red flags and Ribbon of Saint George were replaced by new attributes. Particularly, red poppy as the common world symbol of the commemorative days of WWII became new attribute.

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Earlier Ukraine as well as the Russian Federation, the direct descendant of the Soviet Union, celebrated the victory over fascism with the military parades, fireworks and cult of the Soviet military commanders that aimed to show the military might.

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