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The Multinational Brigade honors Ukrainian Unity Day in Lublin

2017.01.23
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Ukrainian officers from Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Command with support of Polish and Lithuanian colleagues marked Ukrainian Unity Day in Lublin, on 22 January 2017.

 

In particular, the military personnel together with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Lublin and local Ukrainian community paid a tribute to the Ukrainian People’s Republic Army soldiers resting in Lublin Cemetery. These are Ukrainians, who together with the Polish Army in 1920 under the pressure of Russian troops withdrew to Poland. There is a memorial in their honor in the Cemetery. "For memory of soldiers of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, and of Chief Ataman Simon Petliura, the Polish allies in the war of 1920, who lived in Lublin and the surrounding areas" says the inscription.

 

“This year the Ukrainian people mark the 98th anniversary of the Day of Unity. Today we recall people, who struggled for the assembled sovereign Ukrainian state 100 years ago. The Ukrainian officers understand their sacrifice as nowadays we are challenged to stand by Ukraine against outside aggressor with arms again. Undeniable, for every Ukrainian it is important today to feel assistance and support from our friends. Hence, we are really honored to share this day with our reliable brothers in arms – Polish and Lithuanian officers from LITPOLUKRBRIG. We are united for peace and for the defence and glory for our respective countries,” said Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Deputy Commander.

 

It should be said, that on January 22 the Ukrainians celebrate a state holiday Day of Unity of Ukraine, recognizing the signing of the Unification Act by the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian People's Republic on January 22, 1919.

 

That day in 1919 the merger of the Ukrainian People Republic and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic into a unified state took place in Kiev St. Sophia Square. The two republics signed the agreement to form a single state, comprising of all the Ukrainian lands previously occupied by the Russian Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

Despite the fact that later on the Ukrainian state failed to assert its independence in the following struggles with outside forces, the union of 22 January remains one of the most significant symbolic acts for the national consciousness. It symbolizes centuries long aspirations for building an independent national state, with territorial and spiritual unity of Ukraine.

 

For more information contact Captain Oleksandr Gain, LITPOLUKRBRIG Public Information Officer at (Pol) +48 508 272 094, тел. (Viber) +38 (096) 501 65 51, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

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