#Commentary of Elena Melnick on nature of public holidays
Common holidays underline the unity of traditions and origins. The fact that defenders of the Fatherland are honoured on different days in the DPR and Ukraine eloquently shows how far away from each other these states are.
Currently, a demarcation line (basically, a frontline) separates the People’s Republics and Ukraine. The defenders of the Fatherland are honoured on this side, while there are not in Ukraine. Although, this holiday used to be a common one a couple of years ago, as well as the country and traditions.
How indicative may a holiday date be! We celebrate the Day of the Defender of the Fatherland on February 23 in honour of the creation of the Red Army (which took place exactly 100 years ago, in 1918). This holiday is celebrated annually also in Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Ukraine moved up the date for the commemoration of its defenders to October 14 – the day of creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. The Ukrainian President Poroshenko even indicated that ʺUkraine will no longer celebrate the Day of the Defender of the Fatherland on February 23ʺ and then added ʺNever!ʺ.
Obviously, we have different homelands and the defenders have different understanding, from whom and how it should be defended. The Donbass residents, suffering from the aggression of the AFU, are well aware of it.
The origin of the holiday, as a litmus paper, shows the intentions of the state and its ideology. Ukraine will defeat as long as it has holidays to honour the day of the creation of the UIA.
We traditionally congratulate the defenders of the Republic these days! Today they are loyal to military traditions and feats of fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, they defend our fatherland. We express our thanks and gratitude to them!
Elena Melnick, the DPR People’s Council deputy