The cult of the Mother of God as the Intercessor and Patron got firmly established among the Ukrainians: Ukrainian princes, kings, Cossacks, and hetmans chose the Mother of God as their Patron and Guardian. October 14, the day of intercession of Holy Virgin, is also celebrated in Ukraine as the day of Ukrainian Cossacks. Cossacks believed in the power of the Holy Virgin and celebrated intercession of the Holy Virgin so sincerely and solemnly that in Ukraine for centuries this holiday has received a second name - Cossacks intercession. From recent times October 14 in Ukraine one of the most respected holidays - intercession of Holy Virgin is also marked as the day of Ukrainian Cossacks.
Seeking to commemorate the courage and heroism of defenders of Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity, military traditions and victories of the people of Ukraine, to promote the patriotic spirit in society and to support public initiative, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has resolved to establish a Ukrainian holiday, the Day of Ukraine's Defenders, which will be observed annually on October 14.