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Ukraine: Woman detained while honouring Defender of Fatherland Day in Odessa02:16

Ukraine: Woman detained while honouring Defender of Fatherland Day in Odessa

Ukraine, Odessa
February 23, 2017 at 20:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

Odessa police detained a woman during the Defender of the Fatherland celebrations at the city's Walk of Fame in Odessa, Thursday, as participants attempted to commemorate those who served in the Soviet Armed Forces. The woman was arrested after allegedly refusing the police to remove the ribbon of St. George which she had been wearing during the celebrations.

Scores of people came to the Walk of Fame to lay flowers at the Monument to the Unknown Sailor despite a 2014 decree issued by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelling the holiday and introducing the Defender of Ukraine Day, which is celebrated on October 14. The measure was taken as part of the government's decommunisation efforts.

February 23rd is observed in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and several other former Soviet republics as Defender of the Fatherland Day. The holiday marks the date of the first draft to the Soviet Red Army in 1918, as well as paying respect to those who served in the Soviet Armed Forces. It is observed as a state holiday in Russia.

Ukraine: Woman detained while honouring Defender of Fatherland Day in Odessa02:16
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Odessa police detained a woman during the Defender of the Fatherland celebrations at the city's Walk of Fame in Odessa, Thursday, as participants attempted to commemorate those who served in the Soviet Armed Forces. The woman was arrested after allegedly refusing the police to remove the ribbon of St. George which she had been wearing during the celebrations.

Scores of people came to the Walk of Fame to lay flowers at the Monument to the Unknown Sailor despite a 2014 decree issued by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelling the holiday and introducing the Defender of Ukraine Day, which is celebrated on October 14. The measure was taken as part of the government's decommunisation efforts.

February 23rd is observed in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and several other former Soviet republics as Defender of the Fatherland Day. The holiday marks the date of the first draft to the Soviet Red Army in 1918, as well as paying respect to those who served in the Soviet Armed Forces. It is observed as a state holiday in Russia.

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