On 8 and 9 May, Ukraine will celebrate the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II.
For the eighth year in a row, Ukraine has been consistently implementing a European approach to the memory of World War II at the state level. We honor all the fighters against Nazism and all the victims of this bloodiest conflict in human history. At the same time, for us, the memorial days do not symbolize the triumph of the victors over the vanquished, but are a reminder of the terrible catastrophe that became possible as a result of coming to power and the conspiracy of two totalitarian regimes — Nazism and Communism.
This year, Ukraine celebrates 8 and 9 May amid full-scale military aggression by Russia, which encroaches on independence and territorial integrity, seeks to destroy the international security system, and threatens peace throughout Europe. For Ukrainians, opposing Russian aggression is a struggle for freedom, civility, democracy and European values against the imperial ambitions of the aggressive neighbor, who commits war crimes and crimes against humanity in order to achieve its goal.
In 1939–1945, enemies were the Nazis, and today they are Ruscists — supporters of Russian version of imperial Nazism and Fascism. Therefore, the traditional slogan for these memorable days Remember — win! is modified into Defeated the Nazis — will defeat the Ruscists!
The red poppy will remain a traditional symbol of remembrance these days.
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