On August 24, 2021, Ukrainians celebrate the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of Ukraine’s independence by the Verkhovna Rada.
On July 16, 1990, under public pressure, the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine. On the same day, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a resolution “On the Day of Independence of Ukraine”, which was decided to celebrate on July 16.
On June 18, 1991, the Independence Day of Ukraine on July 16 appeared in the list of holidays as a result of the corresponding changes in the Code of Labor Laws of the Ukrainian SSR.
And a month later, the August coup took place – an unsuccessful attempt by the so-called “State Committee for Emergency Situations” to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev in order to keep the USSR in its original form.
As a result, on August 24, 1991, at an extraordinary sitting of the Verkhovna Rada, the Act of Independence of Ukraine was adopted. Now August 24 is considered to be the date of the emergence of an independent state of Ukraine.
For 7 years in a row the celebration of independence has been taking place in the conditions of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
The Russian-Ukrainian war in eastern Ukraine continues. The Armed Forces of Ukraine firmly adhere to the boundaries established by the Minsk Agreements on February 12, 2015 and restore the control over those territories which, according to the agreements, should be under the control of Ukraine. International support for Ukraine has not diminished, but is growing stronger. Ukraine’s opposition to Russian aggression in all its manifestations is the main obstacle to the expansion of Russian imperialism in the world.