Since gaining its independence, Ukraine has made significant contributions to strengthening peace and harmony in war zones and protecting global stability. In 1992, the U.N. requested that the Ukrainian military send peacekeepers to the conflict zone in Yugoslavia to facilitate peace. On July 15, 1992, the first group of Ukrainian Peacekeepers, 42 servicemen, landed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, at the center of the combat operations. This marked the start of Ukrainian's involvement in international peacekeeping operations. On May 21, 2013, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine designated July 15 as The Day of Ukrainian Peacekeepers.
For the last two decades, Ukrainian Peacekeepers have participated in over 26 international peacekeeping and critical security missions. Ukrainian Peacekeepers have participated in peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Slavonia, Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Guatemala, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Croatia, Kuwait, Sierra-Leone, Transnistria, Iraq, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Georgia, South Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and DR Congo. A total of 44,000 Ukrainians have served in the U.N. and multinational peacekeeping missions. Fifty-five honorable servicemen and women lost their lives during these efforts to keep the world safe. This day honors all Ukrainian Peacekeepers and pays tribute to the wounded or those who died in service.
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