Defense ministry drafts bill on transition to military salute 'Glory to Ukraine!' and 'Glory to Heroes!'
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry, on the instruction of President Petro Poroshenko, has drafted a bill on changing a salute for servicemen from "Hello Comrades!" and "Good Day, Sir!" to "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Glory to Heroes!", the ministry's press service has told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
"There was such an order from the head of state, and a respective draft law is ready. President Petro Poroshenko will submit it to the Verkhovna Rada," the ministry's press service said on Tuesday.
Earlier, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the president had ordered the preparation of amendments to the legislation on the military charter and expressed hope that lawmakers would consider changes during a new parliament session, which begins in September.
According to Poltorak, the salute "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Glory to Heroes!" will be used during an Independence Day parade in Kyiv on August 24.
As reported, the bill No. 7549 introducing amendments to certain laws of Ukraine on military service, which was submitted by the government, was registered in parliament on February 5, 2018.
"The person who handed a battle flag salutes the personnel of a military unit with the receipt of the battle flag with the words 'Glory to Ukraine.' The personnel of the military unit respond to the salute 'Glory to Heroes.' After that the commander of the military unit delivers a speech," according to the proposed amendments.
In addition, it is suggested that all servicemen standing in or out of the line reply "Glory to Heroes" to the chief or a person with a senior military rank saluting them "Glory to Ukraine." If the chief or a person with a senior military rank bids farewell, servicemen also respond to his words "Glory to Ukraine" with the words "Glory to Heroes." Thus, it is stipulated that these words will replace the current greeting "Hello Comrades" and the answer "Good Day, Sir."
The parliament has not yet considered the bill.