The Power of the Unbroken: Ukrainians celebrate Defender of Ukraine Day (UT photos)

12:34 Oct. 14, 2016

Ukrainians celebrate Defender of Ukraine Day (UT photos)

Celebration of Defender Day of Ukraine (Ukraine Today/Emil Durov)

The state holiday has become a commemorate and remembrance day for those who defend Ukraine

On 14th of October, millions both in Ukraine and abroad celebrate the Defender of Ukraine Day.

It is also the Intercession of the Mother of God Day for the Orthodox Christians. This religious holiday was important for the Zaporozhian Cossacks, widely praised as defenders of Ukraine. It was declared the Ukrainian Cossackdom Day in 1999. 

The Intercession of the Mother of God was also a day when the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a World War II anti-Soviet and anti-Nazi nationalistic partisan movement, was created in 1942.

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Amid Russian invasion in Crimea and intensive Russian-backed insurgency in Donbas in 2014, then-newly elected President Petro Poroshenko declared the 14th of October as the Defender of Ukraine Day. This holiday has become a date for praising Ukrainian warfighters' heroism and bravery in continuing conflict against combined Russian-separatists forces occupying eastern Donbas.

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The new celebration day has become a public holiday in 2015 and was given "The Power of the Unbroken" slogan.

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