The Soviet Union was attacked by Nazi Germany on June 22, 1941. Belarus and Ukraine were hit the first and the hardest, large portions of their territories were occupied by Germany. Two months after the invasion, the first Ukrainian partisan detachments were formed in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions. One of the most famous partisan units was stationed in the town of Putyvl (Sumy region), it was led by Sydir Kovpak.
Ukrainian partisan units fought on the German occupied territory of Ukraine and Belarus. During their Carpathian raid, they even reached the Romanian border. According to statistics, the Ukrainian partisan movement numbered about 220,000 fighters. 95 Ukrainian partisans were honored with the highest distinction in the USSR, the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
Ukrainian Day of Partisan Glory was established to celebrate the contribution of the partisans to the Allied victory in WWII. It is marked with official speeches and remembrance ceremonies held across Ukraine. Despite its official status, this holiday is a working day.Remind me with Google Calendar
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