On October 14, Kharkivites celebrated the Defender Day with a series of events.
About 100 activists, servicemen, and veterans of the war in Donbas marched from Maidan Konstytutsii along Sumska Street to the Taras Shevchenko monument. The participants chanted patriotic slogans and carried national blue and yellow as well as red and black flags associated with Ukrainian Insurgent Army. The march was headed by a drummer-girl.
“This is a big holiday for all Ukrainians. At the cemetery in Borova in the Kharkiv region, where the first perished warrior from our area was buried, we installed a flagpole and raised the national flag today,” said ex-serviceman Serhii Khaustov.
Military lyceum students and cadets took an oath of allegiance and then marched along Maidan Svobody. Also, special units of the Kharkiv region demonstrated their hand to hand combat and weapons skills as well as training with dogs.
A military band, Kharkiv musicians and Big Slobozhanskyi Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance performed at the event.
An exhibition of military equipment and weapons is taking place on Svobody square. Almost the entire arsenal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is presented.
The visitors have an opportunity to take pictures next to a fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, an anti-aircraft gun, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers and other military hardware, some of which was produced by Kharkiv enterprises. The exhibition is opened until October 15.
The coaching staff and footballers from the Ukrainian National Football team visited injured combatants in the Military and Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region in Kharkiv. They presented 50 tickets to the Nations League group’s round game between Ukraine and the Czech Republic which will take place at Metalist stadium on October 16. They also brought souvenirs and footballs signed by the players to the hospitalized soldiers.
Also, representatives of Kharkiv First Division football team Metalist 1925 congratulated wounded servicemen in the Military hospital and presented club’s souvenirs and tickets to the last match. The team’s fan club raised about 25,000 UAH (about $900) to purchase TVs, Wi-Fi routers and DVB-T2 which will be installed in hospital’s rooms.
Pokrova or the Intercession of the Theotokos celebrated on October 14, is a traditional religious holiday which was observed by Ukrainian Cossacks in the 17th and 18th centuries. That’s why the Day of Cossacks was introduced on Pokrova in 1999. Also, the Ukrainian National Organization have marked the founding of Ukrainian Insurgent Army on this day more than 50 years ago.
The Defender of Ukraine Day is celebrated as a state holiday for the fifth time, and for the fourth year, it has been a day off.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
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