Ukraine marks the Day of the Paratroopers today, on November 21 for the first time. Earlier, this holiday in the country was marked on August 2, like in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. The Defense Ministry press service earlier reported about the transfer of the celebration from August to November.
In addition, in the framework of the reform, the Highly Mobile Airborne Forces were renamed to the Airborne Assault Forces.
President Petro Poroshenko will take part in celebrations on Mykhaylovsky Square in Kyiv that will begin at 9:00. It is precisely the head of state who can decree to officially change the date of the holiday, but the corresponding document has not yet been published.
As it was reported earlier Ukrainian paratroopers will stop wearing blue berets. Instead, they will have headdresses in maroon colors. It is reported that the maroon color of the beret was not chosen by chance. Headgear of this color was used by the British air infantry, which was the first in the world to form a full-fledged combat separate landing division. It is noted that only seven countries in the world use blue for their landing units (Russia and other former Soviet Union countries). For the rest of the world, the blue beret is a symbol of international peacekeeping forces.