Pylyp Orlyk’s Constitution

Ukraine celebrates its 30th anniversary on Tuesday, and there are several ways that you can spend the day. 

There will be lots of things to do on Tuesday when Ukraine celebrates its 30th anniversary day. You can experience the large arms parade and exhibitions. Ukrainenu has made a list of three things you can do in Kyiv on Aug. 24, which you can see below. 

  • In Kyiv, it is possible to see Pylyp Orlyk Constitution in St. Sophia’s Cathedral. The constitution is from 1710 and separated the powers in government, and some see it as the first constitution in history. The Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk was written by Cossack hetman Pylyp Orlyk in 1710 and is said to be the first document to establish the Ukrainian government. It also addressed the executive and judiciary branches of the state and is vital for the history of Ukraine. It limited the executive authority of the hetman and, instead, established a parliament called the General Council. It came after the Battle of Poltava, where Charles XII of Sweden and Hetman Ivan Mazepa were defeated by Peter I of Russia. It is free to see the constitution at St. Sophia’s Cathedral, which you can find at 24 Volodymyrska St.


  • You can also visit the ‘For the Freedom of Ukraine!’ exhibition, which consists of exhibits from 19 museums and several libraries around Ukraine. It will focus on the Ukrainian War of Independence from 1914-1921 and will give you a great idea of the history of Ukraine. There will be 176 artifacts on display, and you can find the exhibition at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in WWII at 24 Lavrska St.


  • For everyone interested in war, Ukraine offers a unique possibility to see the armed forces. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has decided to hold his first military parade on Tuesday. 400 weapons, 100 aircraft, and more than 5,000 military personnel will march, drive and fly down Khreshchatyk Street. It will probably be a good idea to come early, as the event is expected to attract many people who will stand along the road. You can read more about what kind of military equipment that you can see here. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m, and it is free to attend.