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President announces October 14 a new national holiday – Day of Defender of Ukraine

October 14, 2014

Parliamentary meeting of Verkhovna Rada – a number of new decisions and people’s protest near the building

President announces October 14 a new national holiday – Day of Defender of Ukraine

Spokesperson for Information and Analysis Center of National Security and Defense Council colonel Andriy Lysenko reported this during daily press briefing in Kyiv.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko established October 14, the day of celebration of Holy Virgin to be new national holiday – the Day of Defender of Ukraine. President signed the corresponding decree yesterday.

The decision was adopted in order to ‘honor the courage and heroism of the defenders of the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, military traditions and achievements of Ukrainian people, promote further strengthening of patriotic spirit in society and support public initiatives’.

In addition, today the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] has supported President’s appointment of new Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak.

In general, a number of new decisions and public protest has marked today’s parliamentary meeting.

Deputies adopted the law that determines basis of activity of prosecution, presecutorial authorities, status of the prosecutors and prosecution system.

Then the parliament adopted the law ‘On principles of anti-corruption policy in Ukraine (Anti-corruption strategy) for 2012-2017’.

The deputies adopted the president’s law ‘About national anti-corruption bureau. Among other parliamentary decisions we want to mention the introduction of criminal liability for bribery of voters.

It should be mentioned the even from seventh attempt the parliament failed to include in the agenda the bill on recognition of OUN-UPA [Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Ukrainian rebels army] belligerent party in WWII that was fighting for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.

It should be noted that today’s parliamentary meeting has been accompanied by protest near the building of Verkhovna Rada where there have gathered more than 200 people wearing masks.

They presented themselves as members of 2 political parties ‘Freedom’ and ‘The Right sector’. Later the two parties officially stated that they had nothing to do with the protest.

Meanwhile, protesters threw Molotov cocktail and firecrackers into the parliamentary building. The parliamentary meeting was closed due to the attempt of assault of the building of Verkhovna Rada.

Source: National Security and Defense Council, unian.ua


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