On May 8, solemn ceremonies dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation took place at the Glory Memorial in Lisopark (Ukrainian: the woodland park).
To honor those who perished during the Second World War the flowers were laid at the Motherland monument with a minute of silence, followed by a gun salute salvo. Representatives of the city and regional authorities, the military personnel, ATO/JFO veterans, the administration of the local military universities, military-patriotic organizations’ members as well as clergy and Kharkiv residents joined the event.
According to the Kharkiv National Police, about 200 people took part in the solemn ceremony.
Memorial service was also held at the Ukrainian-Polish memorial to the victims of totalitarianism in Lisopark. The clergy and the patriotic community representatives attended the event. Flowers were placed on the soldiers’ graves.
According to historians, in 1938-1940 the NKVD (Ukrainian: The People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) shot 3,809 Polish officers and 500 Polish civilians as well as Ukrainian soldiers at this place.
Reference: May 8 was introduced as a memorable day in Ukraine in 2015 to join the United Nations’ Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War. Previously, only May 9 was marked in Ukraine as Victory Day.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: objectiv.tv, National Police