Semper Fidelis

The Polish community of Lviv in Ukraine celebrates ‘Constitution Day', in the heart of the Ukrainian city.

Members of the Polish community, their representatives and Lviv-based Polish Paramilitary group Strzelec attended an official ceremony followed by a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

Lviv was formerly on the edge of the Austro-Hungarian but mostly populated by Poles and Jews. The city came under Polish sovereignty in 1919 as part of the Second Polish Republic until World WarII when it was annexed to the Ukrainian SSR and in 1991 became a part of an independent Ukraine.

Most Poles were deported to Poland by the Soviets after World War II but some managed to stay. Today, a few thousands remain in Lviv, loyal to Poland and keeping its traditions alive.