June 22 - Day of Mourning and Commemoration of the victims of war
22 June 2015 11:39

June 22, 2015 marks 74 years from the German attack on the USSR. On this date Ukraine celebrates the Day of Mourning and Commemoration of the victims of war.

Every year on June 22, the day when the German army attacked the Soviet Union / USSR, Ukraine commemorates Day of Mourning the victims of the war in Ukraine.

Memorable day was set according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine "On the Day of grief and commemorate the victims of the war in Ukraine" dated 17 November 2000, 1245/2000 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. In accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine, the memorial date set in Ukraine "...to the purpose of a national commemoration of sons and daughters of the Ukrainian people who died during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, their heroism and sacrifice ... to support the initiatives of NGOs ... ". Price of the victory is huge, during the World War II 26.6 million people killed, including more than 15 million civilians. Ukraine’s losses in the War reached more than 5.5 million civilians and 2.5 million soldiers.

Traditionally, in Ukraine on this day officials lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Square of Glory in Kiev. Across the country, there are memorial events held mourning ceremonies.

According to the press service of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Petro Poroshenko on Monday, June 22, 2015, will take part in the ceremony of laying flowers to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

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