Ukrainian Independence: Ukraine celebrates 25 years since fateful referendum

11:16 Dec. 1, 2016

Ukraine celebrates 25 years since fateful referendum

The Ukrainian national symbol made with candles seen at independent square in Kyiv (GettyImages Photo)

In 1991, Ukrainians voted to be independent from the Soviet Union 

Ukrainians mark 25 years since the referendum on the country's independence from the USSR, which took place on December 1, 1991.

More than 90 percent of the people voted in favor of the decision, which paved way for Ukraine to emerge as a new state on the world map, according to Ukrinform.   

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There wasn't a single region in Ukraine where the independence wasn't supported by the majority of the people.

More than 54 percent in Crimea answered positively to the question, whether or not Ukraine should be independent. More than 80 percent had the same opinion in Donetsk, Luhansk, Odesa and Kharkiv regions.

Ukrainian Parliament endorsed the result on August 24, 1991, the date became the official day of the country's Independence.

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Poland and Canada recognized Ukraine's sovereignty on the next day, December 2, Latvia and Lithuania – on December 4.

Ukrainian referendum coincided with the first Presidential election in the country, with Leonid Kravchuk winning the vote.

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