On the eve of the 16th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine, on State Flag Day of Ukraine President Victor Yushchenko laid wreaths at the monuments to prominent Ukrainian figures - Taras Shevchenko, Mykhailo Hrushevsky and Volodymyr the Great.

According to the press service of the President, the Head of State noted the memory of victims of the Great Famine 1932-1933 by the minute of silence and laid a wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In the festivities took part Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, Security Council Secretary Ivan Plyushch, Vice Prime Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, chairwoman of the Kyiv Oblast State Administration Vira Ulyanchenko, parliament members, public and religious leaders.