The Director of Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Volodymyr Viatrovych said that he supported the initiative to recognize Ukraine as the legal successor of the Ukrainian People’s Republic (UNR). He said this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"I think that Ukraine should make a lot of efforts to present itself as a country that continues the state traditions of Ukrainian Revolution of Ukrainian People’s Republic and West Ukrainian People's Republic (ZUNR) of 1917-1921," Viatrovych said.
He noted that this is an important aspect that denies one of the key "myths of modern Russian propaganda": that Ukraine allegedly never had its own independence, it had no state of its own, that Ukraine is an accidental geopolitical formation that appeared on the world map only due to the fall of Soviet Union in 1991.
Earlier, Viatrovich called for the recognition of the period Ukraine was part of the USSR as "occupation". "It's about the Soviet occupation, about the establishment of the Bolshevik and then communist occupation regime. We need to continue informational work to show how the Soviet regime was established, "he said.
As it was reported earlier on January 22, Ukrainians celebrated the Day of the National Unity. 99 years ago on this day, the-then Ukrainian People's Republic and Western Ukrainian People's Republic united, based on the respective Act of Unity.
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 Dnieper.