Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered to declare March 9 - the birthday of outstanding Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko - the Day of National Reconciliation of the Ukrainian People.
Yanukovych put forward this initiative at a joint meeting of the Public Humanitarian Council and the coordinating council on the preoparation for and celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of Taras Shevchenko."If talk about unity we should stop the discord between the regions and unite. This is what Ukraine currently needs from us," the President said. The meeting participants supported the President's initiative.