Courtesy of British Embassy Kyiv (Kiev)
9 May Victory Day travel advice
9 May or Victory Day is a significant and sombre public holiday in Ukraine and marks the end of the Second World War in Europe. During the War, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union lost between 8-10 million people. The memories of this terrible period run deep in Ukrainian society.
Victory Day on 9 May is widely marked in Kyiv and across Ukraine. As in the UK and other countries, Ukraine has adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance an...d reconciliation. Official events are expected to run throughout the day, including flower laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Park of Eternal Glory in Kyiv.
British tourists visiting Ukraine for Eurovision are encouraged to be respectful of all events related to Victory Day. We have seen some reports that certain right wing groups may seek to disrupt the Veterans March in the centre of Kyiv on 9 May. You should stay clear of political demonstrations and large public gatherings and bear in mind the solemnity of the occasion.
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My name is Mark Stratford. I live in the UK married to a Ukrainian. I travel to Ukraine several times a year.