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Yanukovych signs decree on new holiday replacing Ukrainian Independence Day

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Dec. 30, 2011, 1:22 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovych has signed a decree entitled On the Celebration of Some Dates and Professional Holidays, under which Jan. 11 will be celebrated as the Day of Collegiality and Ukrainian Freedom.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a decree entitled On the Celebration of Some Dates and Professional Holidays, under which Jan. 11 will be celebrated as the Day of Collegiality and Ukrainian Freedom, the presidential press service reported on Friday. The decree invalidates other decrees on the celebration of Collegiality Day and on the Freedom Day signed by Ukraine's ex-president Viktor Yuschenko on Nov. 19, 2005.

Freedom Day was established in 2006 (it was celebrated on Nov. 22 in honor of the Orange Revolution).

The historical moment and the importance of freedom and collegiality necessitate the strengthening of these components of independence in people's consciousness and in the traditions and history of Ukraine, the press service reported.

For that purpose, celebrations involving Ukraine's top officials, parliamentarians, representatives of the central and local authorities, religious organizations, the diplomatic corps, and the public will now be conducted in every city, village, and settlement of Ukraine every year on Jan. 22.

Collegiality Day was established in 1999 by a presidential decree to mark the political and historical importance of the unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic in 1919 to create a unified collegiate Ukrainian state.

The first time the day of unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic was celebrated on Jan. 22, 1990, when people formed human chains between cities.

On Jan. 22, 1919, the Act of Unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic was announced on Kyiv's Sofiyska Square.

Under that document, the Western Ukrainian People's Republic became part of the Ukrainian People's Republic as its Western region.

However, a difficult international and domestic situation prevented the unification of the Ukrainian states and their administrative bodies continued acting independently.
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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 4:28 p.m.    

A new national holiday should be created - Yanukovych's last day in office.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 6:32 p.m.    

Or the day he got assasinated.....

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:48 p.m.    

heh,heh,heh:D

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:48 p.m.    

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 9:48 p.m.    

never assassinated: executed for treason

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 5:40 a.m.    

Article 58 - 10 gram solution......

works every time.....

Tried and true.......

.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 4:47 p.m.    

Hmmm. 22 January. Isn't that one of the days in Ukraine when it's colder than a mother-in-law's kiss?

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:51 p.m.    

any holiday yanukovich signs with a decree

the people should instead use the day for national stikes.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:25 p.m.    

What a self serving bully. Keep kicking sand in peoples faces and you'll get kicked out of office.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 7:37 p.m.    

These new years eve presidential decrees are a slap in the face of Ukrainian nationhood. Were the people

ever told that this would happen? Where is their say in the matter?

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 10:53 p.m.    

Vitali Klitschko: Yanukovych spurns history

By issuing his decree to cancel Freedom Day which marks the start of the 2004 Orange revolution, Pres Yanukovych indicated that in 2011 Ukraine has become a country where little freedom is left, UNIAN quotes the Klitschko-led UDAR party Dec. 30 statement.

The Day of Freedom remains a symbol of the struggle of Ukrainians for their human rights, honest elections and free assembly, UDAR statement goes on. “The attempt to coincide the Freedom Day with the Unification of Ukraine Day on Jan. 22 indicates the regime’s disrespect to the Ukrainian history and the attempt to pull the plug on the 2004 Orange revolution and Maidan uprising,” the statement continues.

“It is symbolic that the Freedom Day was cancelled on the same day when Yulia Tymoshenko was moved to a penitentiary in Eastern Ukraine.

Just 2 days before the New Year the authorities have again humiliated a sick woman to show the brutal force of their coercive apparat – despite assurances of the regime’s officials that Tymoshenko will stay in Kyiv.

Every step, every statement of this regime is another lie and disinformation,” the UDAR says. Ukraine will enter the year 2012 as a country where human rights are infringed, humiliation of Ukrainians become routine, and oppression of the opposition becomes the regime’s strategy, UDAR stressed.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 12:08 a.m.    

Evidently, he doesn't think Ukraine has enough holidays in January.

However, this decree is just a joke on Ukraine as there is no independence in Ukraine under this corrupt and illegal govt.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 5:42 p.m.    

Headline is wrong. Independence day is in August, and is not being canceled.

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gary yellando Aug. 13, 2012, 4:17 p.m.    

IF , only IF , all the comments here were put into votes things would change over night....but people will vote to return this sick animal and his fodder for years to come.......they can not see further than tomorrow...... Everyone MUST turn out to vote for change....or the same will continue....a lot of talk and no action here....my wifes family in Ukraine are the same, god help them..

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