Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
President Poroshenko signed a decree to mark November 21 – Day of Dignity and Freedom annually, and January 22 – Unity Day of Ukraine.
This was reported in the press service of the president. “Ukraine – is a territory of dignity and freedom. Not one, but two revolutions have made us like this – our Maidan in 2004, which was a Festival of Freedom, and the Revolution of 2013, the Revolution of Dignity. This was an extraordinarily difficult test for Ukraine, when Ukrainians demonstrated their Europeanness, their dignity, their desire for freedom. To me, as the President of Ukraine, it remains only to document it and sign the decree on the Day of Dignity and Freedom, which Ukrainians now and forever will celebrate on November 21, “– said the head of state.
According to Poroshenko, as before, on January 22 the country will celebrate Unity Day. “The Day of Ukraine’s solidarity, the day of unity,” – said the president.
[Editor’s note: On December 31, 2013, then President Viktor Yanukovych cancelled Freedom Day in November and said it would be moved to the January 22nd date for the Day of Unification of Ukraine, purportedly in response to “numerous appeals from the public.” Ukraine and the EU were to have signed an Association Agreement at a summit meeting of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius held from November 28-29, 2013. On November 21st, the then government of Viktor Yanukovych stopped the preparations for signing this agreement. Late at night of that same day, people began gathering on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) to protest against this government decision.]