A Ukrainian flag draped around the cenotaph in front of Terrace city hall marks Aug. 24 as Ukrainian independence day. (Staff photo)

A Ukrainian flag draped around the cenotaph in front of Terrace city hall marks Aug. 24 as Ukrainian independence day. (Staff photo)

Ukraine Independence Day marked by flag draped over Terrace cenotaph

It’s been 31 years since the country separated from the Soviet Union

People passing by city hall in Terrace this morning would have noticed something different — a large Ukrainian flag draped over the cenotaph.

That’s because Aug. 24 is regarded as Ukrainian Independence Day, the day when Ukraine officially separated itself from the Soviet Union via a declaration of independence on that day in 1991.

Ukraine president, Volodymyr Zelensky, marked the 31st anniversary of independence with a speech, calling the country “reborn” since the Russian invasion of earlier this year.

“On Feb. 24, we were told: You have no chance. On Aug. 24, we say: Happy Independence Day, Ukraine!” Zelenskyy said in a recorded video.

A display of captured Russian tanks and other vehicles in the country’s capital of Kyiv replaced what would have been a parade.

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