Ukraine’s 25th Independence Day
Joy, hope, sorrow… A memorial event for those fallen took place at Maidan, the Independence Square. Hundreds of bereaved marched with photos and flowers in their hands.
Speeches, music, prayer Our Father, ending with Amen and a sincere “Long live Ukraine”.
Old men shook hands with soldiers, thanking them. Some soldiers who were on leave from the front held their children in the arms.
The National Anthem brought tears into our eyes. Beautiful national clothing brightened the cloudy day. We wish Ukraine sunny years!
Text: Hannu Räsänen; Photos: Hannu Räsänen