Ukrainians celebrate National Unity Day

17:53, 22 January 2018

On January 22, Ukrainians marked the Day of the National Unity. 99 years ago, leaders of the-then Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic declared the Unity Act, one of the most remarkable documents in the Ukrainian history.

It stipulated the union of Ukrainian territories, which laid foundation for a short-lived independence of this state in the early 20th century. On Monday, top Ukrainian officials joined the solemn events on the occasion. People joined the live chains that ran across the Dnieper River, symbolizing the national unity. Large crowds carried the yellow blue flags and sang the national anthem and patriotic songs.

Residents of Stanytsia Luhanska (the government-held area of Luhansk region) also raised the national flag over the town, joining the celebrations.