Ukraine for the first time celebrated at the state level, defender's Day, a new Holiday was established instead of the day of defender of the Fatherland, in which country traditionally celebrated on the same Day Russia - February 23.
The celebration took place this year under the slogan " Power unconquered ". On the occasion of the celebration in Kiev on Mikhaylovskaya square was opened exposition of military equipment, on which there were samples of the newest weapons, small arms and uniforms.
The Ukrainian head Petro Poroshenko during a working trip to Zaporizhia region gave the pilots of air force two modernized su-27 and participated in a test flight on a fighter. Festive concerts, exhibitions, festivals were also held throughout the country.
In addition to the Day of defender of Ukraine, on this Day the country celebrated religious Holiday Cover, as well as the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks. In addition, in Kiev nationalists and members of radical organizations traditionally held its annual March devoted to the day of creation of the Ukrainian insurgent army (UPA). According to militia, the March of nationalists has passed without provocation.
After a coup in Ukraine and confrontation in the Donbass relations between Kiev and the capital of Russia has deteriorated. Kiev accuses Moscow of supporting the breakaway DPR and LPR and the " occupation of its territories ". Russia denies It and calls such accusations unacceptable. Moscow repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.
the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on 14 October 2014 signed a decree on the celebration of the day of defender of Ukraine, the same decree he has abrogated the decree of Leonid Kuchma, which in the country on 23 February was celebrated Day of the defender of Fatherland. Despite the fact that the decree signed last year, at the state level this Day Ukrainians emphasize for the first time.
Ceremony on the occasion of the day of defender of Ukraine was held on the Khortytsia island, the birthplace of the organization of Ukrainian Cossacks - Zaporizhzhya Sich. Poroshenko in the process of the celebrations said that the Holiday on October 14 is now associated with the modern heroes, the participants of the war for independence of Ukraine, as well as the participants of the special operation in Donbass. In his vision, Ukraine's defense has become a matter of national, and the Ukrainian army - folk.
"for this reason, on 14 October is not only a Celebration of those in uniform. It is a Celebration of everyone who loves Ukraine. A celebration of those who body, heart and soul felt its responsibility and the engagement to defend the homeland from the Russian invaders and Pro-Moscow mercenaries. October 14, finally have to become one of the largest Ukrainian festivals, such as our independence Day ", - said Poroshenko.
The head of the country considers it necessary to strengthen the position of Ukrainian forces along the border with the Russian Federation and Transnistria