According to the results of the survey, almost half of Ukrainians surveyed (by the Foundation for Democratic Initiatives in conjunction with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.) believe that the date of May 9 is, first of all, the victory of the people in the Great Patriotic War and the events on this day cannot be canceled.
However, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmygal, has stated that in 2020 there will be no mass events dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism in World War II, 1939-1945.
“The Memorial Day celebrated on May 8 and 9 is approaching. Due to mass quarantine, there are currently no public events in Ukraine, and we will not stop here, so as not to threaten the health of our citizens. We will not hold mass events,” he said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
In this regard, the Prime Minister called on the heads of regional state administrations, either personally or at the level of deputies, to provide individual honoring of World War II veterans in the regions this year.
“We are not planning any other events due to the quarantine,” he said.