32 years ago Ukrainian flag was raised over Kyiv City Council for the first time
32 years ago, on July 24, 1990, the national blue-yellow flag of Ukraine was raised over the building of the Kyiv City Council, 13 months before the declaration of state independence of Ukraine.
A week before this event, on July 16, 1990, Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR approved the Declaration on State Sovereignty of Ukraine, “fulfilling the will of the Ukrainian people to build a free and independent state. Therefore, raising the national flag in the Ukrainian capital was an important step in the national liberation struggle of Ukrainians to restore independence.
The flag was raised despite the opposition of the Soviet Union authorities and the Communist Party.
“Despite fierce opposition, intimidation, disruptions, and delays in the process, the State Flag of Ukraine unfurled over the Kyiv City Council. Then the city authorities, together with 200,000 Kyivans who gathered on Khreschatyk, confirmed that Ukraine would not deviate from the path of independence. 32 years have passed since that time, and Ukrainians still continue their struggle for the state and democracy,” said Volodymyr Bondarenko, Secretary of the Kyiv City Council.