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Press-release on the celebration of the Day of Dignity and Freedom

20 November 2015, 10:16

On November 21, Ukraine will celebrate the Day of Dignity and Freedom

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed decrees on annual celebration of the Day of Dignity and Freedom on November 21.

«Ukraine is a place of dignity and freedom. Not one but two revolutions made us like this – our Maidan 2004 that celebrated freedom and the revolution of 2013, the Revolution of dignity. It was an extremely difficult test for Ukraine, when Ukrainians showed their European aspirations, dignity and their pursuit for freedom.

The Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU was to have been signed at a summit meeting of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius held trough November 28-29, 2013. However, on November 21, Ukrainian government decided to stop the preparation for signing the Association Agreement. On the same day, late at night, people started gathering at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv to protest against this government's decision.