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Ukraine: Independence Day marked with show of force from Ukrainian military01:29

Ukraine: Independence Day marked with show of force from Ukrainian military

Ukraine, Kiev
August 24, 2014 at 08:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Ukrainian army carried out a military parade in Kiev on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence.

At least 1,500 servicemen marched in the parade celebrations, and were joined by 90 new military vehicles, including Grad multiple rocket launchers, surface-to-air missile systems and ballistic missile systems.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a 20-gun military salute in both Kiev and Odessa to also take place, along with multiple firework displays all around the country, as part of the celebrations. The Independence Day military festivities taking place are the first since 2009, when ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abolished the practice. Supporters of the parade say it functions to boost army morale and can unite the country. However, many have labelled the format of the celebration as inappropriate given the ongoing military conflict in the east of the country, with the shelling of Lugansk and Donetsk continuing.

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The Ukrainian army carried out a military parade in Kiev on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence.

At least 1,500 servicemen marched in the parade celebrations, and were joined by 90 new military vehicles, including Grad multiple rocket launchers, surface-to-air missile systems and ballistic missile systems.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a 20-gun military salute in both Kiev and Odessa to also take place, along with multiple firework displays all around the country, as part of the celebrations. The Independence Day military festivities taking place are the first since 2009, when ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abolished the practice. Supporters of the parade say it functions to boost army morale and can unite the country. However, many have labelled the format of the celebration as inappropriate given the ongoing military conflict in the east of the country, with the shelling of Lugansk and Donetsk continuing.

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