Ukraine celebrates Independence Day

24 August 2012 09:15  19119483 019988
Ukraine celebrates Independence Day

On August 24, 1991 Ukraine declared its independence (before that it had been part of the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic). Declaration of Independence of Ukraine on August 24, 1991 was approved on December 1, 1991 by the nationwide vote.

This event became public holiday only in June 1992 when the Parliament decided to consider August 24 as the Independence Day of Ukraine. In fact, the first Independence Day was celebrated on July 16, 1991, in memory of the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine by the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR on July 16, 1990.

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