Constitution Day (Ukraine)

Constitution Day (Ukrainian: День Конституції) is a Ukrainian public holiday celebrated on 28 June since 1996.[3][4] It commemorates the anniversary of the approval by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) of the Constitution of Ukraine on 28 June 1996.[4][5]

Constitution Day
День Конституції
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Stamp of Ukraine commemorating the holiday
Observed byUkraine
SignificanceThe anniversary of the signing of the Ukrainian constitution of 1996
CelebrationsSpeeches by politicians[1][2]
Date28 June
Next time28 June 2022 (2022-06-28)


Immediately after taking office as President of Ukraine, after winning the 1994 Ukrainian presidential election, Leonid Kuchma created the Constitutional Commission, which led to the adoption of a constitution of Ukraine in 1996.[6] (At the time the 1978 Constitution of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was in force in Ukraine.[7]) The Constitution was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada at 9:20 am on 28 June 1996 after deputies had worked all day and all night on the project, remaining in the session hall without breaks.[8] 315 people's deputies, out of a needed 300, voted for the adoption of the Basic Law.[8] Constitution Day did become a public holiday in Ukraine because its foundation was enshrined in the constitution itself (it is the only public holiday that is mentioned in the constitution).[9] Soviet Constitution day (7 October) was never observed in the Ukrainian SSR (the predecessor of modern Ukraine).[10]


  1. ^ Ukraine marks Constitution Day on June 28, UNIAN (28 June 2018)
  2. ^ Ukraine's leaders congratulate Ukrainians on Constitution Day, Interfax-Ukraine (28 June 2018)
  3. ^ Ukraine celebrating 20th anniversary of Constitution, UNIAN (28 June 2016)
    Yulia Tymoshenko Goes On Trial A Day Before Constitution Day, Eurasia Daily Monitor (30 July 2011)
  4. ^ a b 1996: THE YEAR IN REVIEW, The Ukrainian Weekly (29 December 1996)
  5. ^ Ukraine marks Constitution Day Archived 2014-07-29 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrinform (28 June 2014)
  6. ^ Warshaw, Shirley Anne (2009). The Clinton Years. Infobase Publishing. (page 191)
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) Ukraine celebrates Constitution Day today, RBC Ukraine (28 June 2021)
  8. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) The Constitution of Ukraine is 25 years old! Unusual facts about the main document that few people know, RBC Ukraine (27 June 2021)
  9. ^ (in Ukrainian) See how the Constitution of Ukraine was adopted 25 years ago: historical photos, RBC Ukraine (28 June 2021)
  10. ^ The Ukrainian Resurgence by Bohdan Nahaylo, University of Toronto Press, 1999, ISBN 0802079776 (page 402)

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