The 9th of May — the Day of Europe in Ukraine 

by Meifan Honcharuk
Monday, May 8, 2023
The 9th of May — the Day of Europe in Ukraine 

Zelenskyy signed a decree about sharing the European tradition to honour the Day of remembrance and reconciliation on 8th of May 

Independent Ukraine is finally breaking relations with Soviet Union heritage and its main conduit in the modern world – Russia. The president of Ukraine signed and submitted to the parliament a bill on the celebration of the Day of remembrance and reconciliation on 8 May. On May 8 all over the world remember the dead soldiers, and civilians and the importance of victory over nazism in the World War II of 1939-1945. 

"We are returning the honest history without ideological admixtures to our state. It is on May 8 that most nations of the world remember the greatness of the victory over the nazis. It is on May 8 that the world honours the memory of all those, whose lives were taken by that war. It was on May 8 that the Act of unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht entered into force," wrote Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

At the same time, the decree returns the true value on May 9. Since 1949, European countries have been celebrating Europe Day, a celebration of peace and unity in the European Union.

"Many years ago, the tradition of celebrating Europe Day on May 9 was established on our continent – to mark peace and unity achieved. Today, unity on our continent brings us closer to celebrating the first day of our peace. And it will be right to celebrate Europe Day together with all of free Europe," added the head of Ukraine.

Thus, Ukraine rejects the attitudes and traditions of celebration imposed by the Kremlin on all the countries of (already post) the Soviet Union. Now Ukraine will join Europe in meeting historical dates and events.

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