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Human Chains, Hopeful Chants on Unity Day

23. January 2013 by Masha 0 Comments

 

Whether painted on faces or flying through the air, bright blues and yellows were seen all around Ukraine yesterday for Den Sobornosti, or Day of Unity. This important historical event marks the date in 1919 when the Treaty of Unity was signed, joining all Ukrainian lands previously belonging to the Russian Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

Den Sobornosti is the symbol of territorial and spiritual unity of Ukraine as a unified sovereign state.

 

Thousands of events took place all over the country including parades, concerts, and traditional human chains. In Kyiv, Ukrainians wrapped in the national blue and yellow flags held hands and extended across the Dnipro River, the main artery that divides the state into its western and eastern halves.

 

Ukraine's political elite also joined the celebrations by laying flowers to the monuments of the two most outstanding activists fighting for the unity and independence of the country, 19th century poet Taras Shevchenko and political figure and historian Mykhailo Hrushevskyi.

 

While Ukraine's political climate isn't quite calm, the people are still passionate about their country and have strong hopes for a more united future. 

 

Check out these photos from the human chain! 

 

Photos: Kyiv Post