Glory to Ukraine

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Ukrainian Glory monument in Kharkiv.
Graffiti in Lisbon featuring national coat of arms

Glory to Ukraine (Ukrainian: Слава Україні! Героям слава!, Slava Ukrayini! Heroyam slava!; translated as: Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!) is a Ukrainian greeting and slogan.

"Glory to Ukraine" first appeared as a motto during the Ukrainian War of Independence, with the second part of greeting being commonly by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.[1][2]


It became widely used throughout Ukraine in the years following Ukrainian independence. "Glory to the heroes!" was also used by the Kuban Cossacks dating back to at least 1944 with the return of the Cossack Rebel Army who fought with the UPA.[3]

The phrase has undergone a resurgence in recent times, becoming a popular and prominent refrain during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. In September 2014, after addressing a gathering of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C., Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko concluded his speech by uttering the phrase.[4]


  1. ^ Ivan Katchanovski. "The Politics of World War II in Contemporary Ukraine". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Родом з України" [Born in Ukraine]. The Ukrainian Week (in Ukrainian). 29 June 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Poroshenko, Petro (September 18, 2014). "Ukrainian President Address to Congress". C-SPAN. Washington, D.C.: C-SPAN. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 

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