Ukraine introduces new salute in army, police

Ukraine introduces new salute in army, police

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The Verkhovna Rada has adopted as a whole a bill on the introduction in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Police of a new salute "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!" instead of Soviet-style greetings "Hello, comrades!" and "We wish you good health!"

A total of 271 lawmakers voted for the draft law No. 9036 that introduces amendments to the statutes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

The statute of the Ukrainian Armed Forces foresees that all servicemen in the army ranks greet or say goodbye to their chief or superior officer by saying "Glory to Ukraine!" and the latter reply "Glory to Heroes!"

The parliament also supplemented the law on the National Police with Article 20-1 concerning the introduction of greetings "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!"

Until now, the salute by the chief "Hello, comrades" was followed by all servicemen saying "We wish you good health." If the chief or superior officer said goodbye, then his words "Goodbye, comrades" were followed by soldiers replying "Goodbye, Sir." 

According to lawmakers, the adoption of this law will make it possible to increase the prestige of military service and the image of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in society, regulate relations between servicemen and introduce new traditions in the Ukrainian army, the explanatory note says.

On September 3, President Petro Poroshenko tabled in the Verkhovna Rada the bill No. 9036 on amendments to the statutes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which envisages the introduction of a new salute in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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