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"It will be an extremely difficult task for us to make our flag reappear over the cities of Donetsk, Luhansk, Simferopol and Sevastopol," Poroshenko said during a ceremony to mark the raising of the national flag at Sofia Square in Kyiv, according to a UNIAN correspondent.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko earlier congratulated the country on the Day of the National Flag.

"Blue-yellow color and chevrons are a symbol of the courage of our defenders," the president stated in a congratulatory message posted on Facebook.