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Bradford Ukrainian Club hosted a garden party to honour 30th years of the Independence in Ukrainian! A fabulous time had by all celebrating this special day! Plus a great way to reopen the club after the COVID-19 closer.

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Press notice – 30 Anniversary Ukraine’s Independence 24 August 1991.

Thirty years ago, on 24 August 1991, Ukraine’s Parliament issued a Declaration of Independence, which was subsequently confirmed in a referendum on 1 December by an overwhelming 92.3% of Ukrainians on a national turnout of over 84%. This included over 80% of those who voted in eastern provinces of Ukraine and well over 50% of those in Crimea.

The last 30 years have shown the determination of Ukrainians to fight for their independence and create a new future based on European values and respect for social justice and human rights. In 2004 and again in 2014, the Ukrainian people showed that they would never give up their identity as a sovereign nation, even at the cost of their own lives.

While we celebrate today, our celebrations are tinged with sadness – for the lives lost defending Ukraine from Russia’s war in the east, for our Crimean Tatar brothers and sisters whose human rights are being violated following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and for all those who have lost their families and homes from Russia’s continued and unwarranted aggression. We also acknowledge the help and practical support Ukraine has received from the UK Government, amongst others, to strengthen our defensive capabilities and develop Ukraine’s democratic institutions.

Ukraine stands on the border between the democratic West and the totalitarian Russian state. It reminds us that democracy and respect for human rights is a cause that is worth fighting for. As the Ukrainian national anthem says: We will lay down our souls and our lives for our freedom.

On this day we stand heart and soul in solidarity with Ukrainians everywhere as we say Glory to Ukraine!

This weekend we celebrate Easter, no doubt the smell of baking Paska will soon be in every Ukrainian home. Please see below the schedule for masses at the Ukrainian Catholic Church on Park View Road:

Good Friday 30th April
Laying of the Shroud – 11am
Jerusalem Matins – 6pm

Holy Saturday 1st May
Blessing of the Baskets – 11am
Removal of the Shroud – 5pm
Blessing of the Baskets – 6pm

Easter Sunday 2nd May
Easter Mass – 10am

Please note Covid measures are in place, including Social Distancing, Track and Trace, and One Way Systems. There is a capacity limit, masses are limited to 1 hour, with no singing from the congregation.