Ukraine marks the Day of Unity
Every year on Jan. 22 Ukrainians mark the Day of Unity. This holiday is dedicated to the events of 1919 when the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic signed a Unification Act, thereby becoming one single Ukrainian state. Today, it is remembered not just as a signed document, but a symbolic act that demonstrated the true unity of Ukraine’s people then.
Today, Ukrainians once again must defend their independence as Russia wages its brutal full-scale war. We are united in our fight against the aggressor and in our desire to defend our borders.
“If the struggle is not stopped, sooner or later, a unified and independent state will be restored. If true unity is not attained, independence will be lost. We have always known about the first piece of wisdom,” said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his address to Ukrainians on the occasion of the Unity Day.
Zelenskyy stressed that on Feb. 24, 2022, Ukrainians proved that they had mastered the second lesson. “This became a new revival of our Ukrainian unity. And it’s not only uniting two banks of the river. It’s uniting millions of people,” he said.