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 Ukrainians mark Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. VIDEO

On May 8, Ukraine honors the memory of Second World War victims.

In 2015, the country joined the all-European tradition of paying tribute to the victims of the last century's bloodiest conflict, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

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Video by Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance

In 2015, the Ukrainian parliament set May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War. The respective bill was approved according to the 2004 U.N. recommendation proclaiming May 8 and May 9 as days of remembrance and reconciliation in WWII.

Even earlier, in May 2014, Ukraine recognized the internationally approved symbol of remembrance and reconciliation in WWII - the poppy.

The Ukrainians thus joined the tradition of most European countries and the U.S. to mark the Victory Day, otherwise referred to as Victory in Europe Day, on May 8 - the date when the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Previously, Ukraine celebrated Victory Day on May 9 just like most member countries of the former USSR.
 
 
 
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