Independence Day of Ukraine

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The Independence Day of Ukraine (Ukrainian: День незалежності України) is the main state holiday in Ukraine. It is held on August 24, remembering the Ukrainian Declaration of Independence of 1991.[1] It was first celebrated on 16 July 1991, as the first anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine.[2] Since the Declaration of Independence was issued later, and confirmed by a referendum on 1 December 1991, the date of the holiday was changed. Starting in 2004, 23 August is celebrated as the Day of the National Flag.

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  1. Twenty Years After Communism, eds. Michael Bernhard; Jan Kubik (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), p. 154
  2. Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Documents, Data, and Analysis, eds. Zbigniew Brzezinski; Paige Sullivan (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996), p. 26