Ukraine celebrates the 20th anniversary of its national independence on Wednesday (Aug. 24) as a sovereign and independent state.
According to a press release circulated on Tuesday by the Ukrainian embassy in Athens, the country's independence laid the foundations for the "...nation's further legal development, establishment of a democracy, a socially focused market economy and the preservation of human rights ... It was done by maintaining a peaceful and mutually beneficial cooperation with all members of the international community based on generally recognized principles and norms of international law."