On the Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kyiv. This was reported by the press service of the President's Office.
"Today, June 22 is the Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War. The 80th anniversary of the beginning of the bloodiest period of World War II. This tragedy has affected almost every Ukrainian family. Millions of Ukrainians went to war to protect the world from Nazi invasion. Today we remember their feat and thank each of them for their lives and the opportunity to build a new Ukraine in which there will be no place for wars," Zelensky said.
The ceremony is reported to have taken place at the Eternal Glory Memorial, where soldiers who defended Ukraine during World War II are buried.
Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak also attended the ceremony.
Those present observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims.
The Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War is marked in Ukraine annually on June 22 celebrate. The date was not chosen simply: on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany's troops crossed the Soviet border without declaring war and began to seize territory.