The Seimas of Latvia has designated May 9 as the Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Ukrainians

The Latvian Seimas in the final reading supported the proposal to appoint May 9, 2022, as a day of mourning for the civilians and defenders of Ukraine who died as a result of the aggressive war of the Russian Federation. The proposal was supported by 61 deputies, and 18 voted against it on Thursday, April 7.

Source: The Seimas of Latvia

Some opposition lawmakers in the debate called for a different date, such as February 24, on the grounds that the May 9 mourning is a covert attempt to ban celebrations and use tragedies in Ukraine for domestic political purposes.

The approved draft stipulates that national flags will be lowered on the day of mourning. The flag of Ukraine will be placed nearby at the President’s residence, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the Seimas. State and local authorities cannot organize entertainment events and holidays on this day – they will not be allowed to do so.

See also: Latvia has banned the symbols of Russia’s military aggression

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