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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.

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