The Volunteer Day was celebrated in the Odessa region

14 March 2019, 12:30
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In Odessa, on the occasion of the Day of the Ukrainian volunteer, there was a laying of flowers near the memorial sign to the deceased ATO soldiers. Together with hundreds of groves, the chairman of the Odessa regional state administration Maxim Stepanov took part in the event. The attendants honored the memory of the dead soldiers with a minute of silence.

"In 2014, thousands of people went to the East - in the ATO. And thanks to this, our country was preserved. The enemy did not expect this, he was sure that we are weak technically. But he did not count on the "super powers" of Ukrainians: freedom, patriotism and dedication. It was from the volunteers that a combat-capable Ukrainian army began. I do not know where today there would be a line of unbundling without volunteers. However, I know for sure that we can live in peace and security, and do our daily work, "said the head of the Odessa regional state administration Maxim Stepanov.

For the dedication and courage in protecting the state sovereignty of the volunteers, he was awarded with symbols of public respect. In addition, a consolidated military orchestra of the Odessa garrison was presented to the audience. It consists of orchestras of the Military Academy and the center of military-musical art, the Naval Forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Recall the Day of Ukrainian Volunteers is celebrated for the third year in a row on March 14. On this day in 2014, the first volunteers began military training, formed a battalion and went to the ATO.

The holiday was established by the Verkhovna Rada to honor the courage and heroism of the defenders of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.