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 Ukraine celebrates Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II

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On Tuesday, May 9, Ukraine marks the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazism in the Second World War.

In 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the law on perpetuating the victory over Nazism in the Second World War of 1939-1945, which set May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, while Soviet Victory Day, traditionally celebrated on May 9 to glorify the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, was replaced by Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said earlier that Ukraine will never again celebrate Victory Day under the Russian scenario.

Ukraine's new tradition of marking the glorious victory over Nazism differs from the Soviet one in a way that the key emphasis is put on commemorating the victims of the Second World War rather than festivities.

Watch more: Ukrainians mark Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. VIDEO

Ukraine has recognized the internationally approved symbol of remembrance, reconciliation and the victory in WWII - the poppy. It has also adopted the following motto: "1939-1945. We remember. We prevail."
 
 
 
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