On the occasion of the date, Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk and members of the Cabinet of Ministers will participate in the ceremony of laying flowers at the monuments to prominent Ukrainians - poet Taras Shevchenko and historian Mykhailo Hrushevskyi - in Kyiv.
President Poroshenko is not in Ukraine today. He is in Switzerland, participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos. He will congratulate Ukrainians in a televised address.
On Kyiv's Paton bridge, Ukrainians will gather to form the Live Chain of Unity. "It is intended to not only recall the history of Ukraine but also to honor the memory of all the known and unknown heroes - fighters of the liberation struggle of the 20s and 40s of the XXth century, the first Maidan victims - Serhii Nihoian and Mikhail Zhiznevsky, ATO soldiers," the announcement notes.
The Live Chain of Unity will be formed in Kyiv, many cities of Ukraine, and also abroad: Poland, Northern Europe, the UK, and other countries. The highlight of the event will be a 30-meter state flag the participants will shape directly on the Paton bridge.
As reported, the Day of Unity is associated with the proclamation of uniting the Ukrainian People's Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic on Jan. 22, 1919 on Sofiiska Square in Kyiv. The union of the two republics that emerged after the collapse of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empire sought to realize the dream of unity of the Ukrainian people. However, it lasted for just a bit more than a year because of the contradictions within their leadership and Poland's occupation of western Ukraine.