The official celebration of the feast started with flowers having been laid at the monuments to prominent Ukrainians in Kiev. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko laid flowers at the monuments to the prince of Kievan Rus Vladimir the Great, Taras Shevchenko and the first President of Ukraine Mykhailo Hrushevsky, reported a QHA correspondent.

- Petro Poroshenko laid flowers at the monument to Taras Shevchenko, and then moved to the monument to Hrushevsky. Following the ceremony, the President headed for Independence Square where the parade is being held today, reported a correspondent.

Today, Ukraine celebrates the 25th anniversary of independence. August 24, 1991 Ukraine declared its independence (prior to that it was part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR).

Declaration of Ukraine’s Independence as of August, 24 1991 was adopted the same year on December, 1 by national vote.

The event was declared a state holiday only in June 1992 when the Supreme Council decided to consider August, 24 the Independence Day of Ukraine. In fact, the first Independence Day was celebrated on July 16, 1991 - in memory of the fact that on July, 16 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Declaration of Ukraine’s State Sovereignty.