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Ukraine marks Remembrance and Reconciliation Day (PHOTOS)

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends the exhibition "Fourth generation" in the National Museum of Ukraine's History in the Second World War on May 8 in Kyiv.
Photo by Mikhail Palinchak

Ukraine marked the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8, commemorating all the victims of the Second World War.

The state holiday of May 8 was introduced in Ukraine in 2015 in an attempt to step away from the Soviet practice of celebrating the Victory Day of May 9 which in the latest years has been exploited by Russia as a way to establish its power and spread propaganda.

Adopting the May 8 holiday, Ukrainians also adopted as its symbol the red poppy flower that has been used for many years in the West.

 

 

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