Liberation Day (Ukraine)
The Liberation Day of Ukraine (Ukrainian: День визволення України від фашистських загарбників, Day of liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders) is a holiday celebrated annually on October 28 in Ukraine. It commemorates the Liberation of Ukraine from Nazi Germany on 28 October 1944.
|Day of liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders|
День визволення України від фашистських загарбників
|Official name||Day of the Liberation of Ukraine from fascist invaders|
|Significance||Liberation from Nazi Germany|
|Next time||28 October 2019|
|Related to||World War II|
The idea of making the national holiday was expressed by the then Minister of Economy of Ukraine Sergey Tigipko on October 15, 2009. Five days later, President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree establishing the holiday. The first settlements in Eastern Ukraine were liberated by Soviet troops in December 1942. Major battles for the liberation of the Ukrainian SSR lasted from January 1943 to the autumn of 1944. At this time, half of Ukraine was in the hands of the Red Army. On August 23, 1943, the city of Kharkiv was liberated. On October 27, 1944, Uzhhorod was retaken from the Germans, and Soviet troops arrived at what would be the modern western border of Ukraine. On 28 October 1944 the last territory of current Ukraine (near Uzhhorod, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary) was cleared of German troops; this is annually celebrated in Ukraine (on 28 October) as the "anniversary of the liberation of Ukraine from the Nazis".
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Kuchma and Putin during the 2004 celebration.
- Ukraine marks 74th anniversary of liberation from German Nazi troops, UNIAN (28 October 2018)
- 'The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation' by Strobe Talbott, 2008 (page 243)
- Poroshenko honors deceased on 73rd anniversary of Ukraine's liberation from Nazis, UNIAN (28 October 2017)
Ukraine marks 73rd anniversary of liberation from Nazi invaders, Ukrinform (28 October 2017)
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