On August 24, 2016 the festive events on the occasion of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine were held in Kaunas. The events were organized by the Embassy of Ukraine, the Kaunas City Municipality, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, Lithuanian public and political movement “Sąjūdis” and representatives of the community of Ukrainians in Kaunas.
Vice-mayor of Kaunas S.Kairis, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania professor V.Landsbergis, member of the Seimas of Lithuania E.Zingeris, representatives of Lithuanian public and political movement “Sąjūdis” and Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, representatives of the community of Ukrainians, as well as Lithuanian society and local media took part in the festive event.
The event was also attended by Defense attaché of Embassy of Ukraine, captain (Navy) D.Donskoi, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Kaunas V.Blandis and Ukrainian military servicemen, who being wounded at the Anti-Terrorist Operation at the Eastern Ukraine and receiving rehabilitation at the medical institution of town of Druskininkai.
The participants of the festive events sang the National Anthems of Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania, observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen for the freedom and independence of Ukraine, and expressed the greeting speeches on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine.
In the evenings of August 23 and 24, 2016 Kaunas City Hall building was highlighted by the colors of the National Flag of Ukraine.