"On the National Flag Day, I would like to commemorate the act of valor of Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak. He gave his life protecting the Ukrainian flag in his native Horlivka.
"It is very symbolic that we have raised our flag over the St. Sophia Square today together with daughter of the hero Maria Rybak. The Ukrainian flag flying over Donetsk, Luhansk, Simferopol, and Sevastopol is the critical task for us to accomplish. I sincerely congratulate you on the Day of the National Flag! Glory to Ukraine!" Poroshenko said.
"It was very decent. The president hoisted the flag on the National Flag Day together with Maria Rybak, the daughter of Horlivka City Council member Volodymyr Rybak, who organized the pro-Ukrainian rallies in Horlivka and protected the Ukrainian flag flying over the city council building from the incursion of the pro-Russian militants on April 17 [2014 - ed.]. The Ukrainian flag remained there until Volodymyr protected it, whereat the Russian mercenaries from Girkin's gang abducted Rybak, brutally tortured and murdered him April 19-20, 2014. We remember it," Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.