The Head of the Institute of National Remembrance, Vladimir Vyatrovich told a press conference on May 5 that the Victory Day as a public holiday should be celebrated on May, 8 rather than May, 9 reports a QHA correspondent.

- We absolutely support the initiative to make May, 8 a state holiday. We are also drafting a law that should streamline the system of national holidays in Ukraine. One element of this law is moving the celebration of the Victory Day from May, 9 to May, 8, said Vyatrovich, stressing the need to give up the remnants of the Soviet past.

According to the Ukrainian historian, Ukraine should celebrate the end of World War II jointly with the European countries.

Last year, under the decree of the Ukraine’s President, on May, 8 the country celebrated the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in the memory of the fallen in the Second World War 1939-1945. However, May 9 is still a festive date in Ukraine. Thus, the celebrations are held over two days.

April 9, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a law to commemorate the victory over Nazism in the Second World War of 1939-1945. Under the law, on May, 8 Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and on May, 9 – the anniversary of Victory over Nazism in Europe and Day of Victory.