KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- The Ukrainian community in Malaysia has already started celebrating the country's upcoming Independence day on August 24th, with a morning fitness event recently held at the Perdana Botanical Gardens here.
Themed "Merdeka day of Ukraine and Malaysia", the wellness event was organised by the Ukrainian Cultural Association in Malaysia with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine here, a statement made available to Bernama today said.
More than 25 participants from Ukraine, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Poland and Russia attended the event, which was led by a Ukrainian fitness trainer residing in Kuala Lumpur.
Well-known internationally for its athletes, Ukraine’s history has deep roots dating back to more than a thousand year to the times of the Kyivan Rus with the capital city of Kyiv.
A full-fledged independence from the Soviet Union, however, was declared on Aug 24, 1991.
Later in December 1991, about 90 per cent of Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted at the referendum in support of their country's independence.
Ukraine and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in 1992.