Report by Zevonia Vieira
On November 21, Ukraine commemorates the Day of Dignity and Freedom – one of the significant official holidays established in honor of two revolutions that unfolded in 2004 and 2013.
Regarding to the press release that Neon Metin access from Ukraine embassy in Maylasia , inform that in 2013, Ukraine made a decisive turn in its history and a step towards a European future: Ukrainians took to the streets, expressing their dissatisfaction with the political regime and demanding change. Massive protests that began on Independence Square in Kyiv voiced citizens’ aspirations for freedom, justice, and dignity.
In 2013, over 20 countries around the world supported the Revolution of Dignity – campaigns took place in Poland, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and others. Euromaidan became the largest pro-European demonstration in EU history and the longest-lasting rally – it stood continuously for 92 days.
This year, Ukraine marked a significant date – the 10th anniversary of the Day of Dignity. This event is emblematic for the country and reflects many years of struggle for freedom, justice, and dignity. The Day of Dignity became a key moment in Ukraine’s history, indicating the strength of the national spirit and the will to build a modern, independent state.
”Ten years ago, we started a new chapter of the struggle. Ten years ago, Ukrainians launched their first counteroffensive – against lawlessness, attempts to deprive us of a European future, against our captivity. Year after year, step by step, we do everything to ensure that the star on the EU flag, symbolizing the unity of the European nations, shines with our star – the star of Ukraine,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.
“Modern Ukraine is defined by its resilient struggle for dignity and independence. This is a reminder that citizens have the power to influence events and shape the future of their country. The Day of Dignity also highlights the important values on which Ukrainian society is based – solidarity, freedom, and deep patriotism.” – Denys Mykhailiuk, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Embassy of Ukraine in Malaysia