May 8: World marks day of memory and reconciliation in WWII

16:46, 8 May 2019

Ukraine and the European community mark the Day of Memory and Reconciliation in the WWII. The German Instrument of Surrender was signed on May 7 and took effect on May 8, 11.01 p.m. (CET). Moscow time was already one minute past midnight of May 9, which is when the Victory Day is observed in the post-Soviet countries, including Ukraine. In 2005, the UN General Assembly set the official date for the Day of Memory and Reconciliation. Since 2014, Ukraine has been observing both dates, May 8 and 9 alike, celebrating the end to war and paying tribute to its victims. Still, May 9 is the only official day off.

This year, over 600,000 people will join the solemn events all over Ukraine.

The State Border Guard service claimed that foreigners who carry the banned Soviet and pro-Russian symbols like St. George's ribbon will be banned from entering the country. The public use or a display of the ribbon will result in a fine. Border Guards explained that the number of such violations typically increases over the period from mid-April till mid-May.