Odessa, 15 OCTOBER 2016, CONTEXT-Prichernomorie — Celebrations on the occasion of the Day of the defender of Ukraine took place yesterday, 14 October, in Odessa, the correspondent of IA «Context-Prichernomorie» reports.
It was reported to the agency today, October 15, in the Department of Information of the Odessa City Council.
The event was attended by the leadership of the city and the region, representatives of the various branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, members of ATU, veterans, students, lyceum students and the public.
«Today, when our country is tested for strength, we demonstrate that the united and ready to work together to sustain a serious test. The army is united with the people, and the inhabitants of Odessa to see you, not only the defenders of the independence and sovereignty of our country, but also peace of Odessa. Today we honor our defenders and express our sincere gratitude for the faithfulness and Ukraine. And in these difficult days for Odessa, we are also grateful to our servicemen who helped us to react to the challenges of disaster», — addressed the audience Gennady Trukhanov.
Congratulating the defenders of Ukraine, the Odessa Mayor said that on this day the Orthodox Ukraine celebrates the feast of the Holy Virgin, which Ukrainian soldiers for a long time considered their patron.
During the solemn event, representatives of different religions have turned their prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for peace and tranquility in our country and the protection of those who are defending the integrity and independence.
Also on this day, 74 of the students of the naval Lyceum took the Oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine. The participants of the antiterrorist operation were awarded prizes.