11:44 Aug. 23, 2016
Ukraine celebrates National Flag Day on August 23rd
Speaking at a ceremony dedicated to the celebration of the Day of the National flag, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reiterated the need to restore Ukraine's sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and the Crimean peninsula.
"An extremely difficult task for us is to get our flag flying once again over Donetsk, Luhansk, Simferopol and Sevastopol," Poroshenko said as Ukraine's state flag was raised on St. Sophia Square in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Ukraine marks the Day of the National Flag annually on August 23. The holiday was established in 2004 by a decree issued by the second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
In 2009 Ukraine's third President Viktor Yushchenko made amendments to the decree, establishing an annual official flag-raising ceremony on August 23.
Based on reporting by UNIAN