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Ukraine: Drone captures Victory Day celebrations in Donetsk01:24

Ukraine: Drone captures Victory Day celebrations in Donetsk

Ukraine, Donetsk
May 9, 2016 at 12:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands attended an Immortal Regiment march on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, to commemorate the 71th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War (World War II).

Crowds cheered and waved Soviet and Russian flags as, ahead of the march, hundreds of members of the rebel forces from Donbass marched on the streets of the city, they were followed by more than 40 units of military hardware including T-72 and T-64 battle tanks, APCs and self-propelled artillery.

Reportedly, some of the equipment on show had been seized from pro-government forces during the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The military parade was followed by a march of the Immortal Regiment, during which participants carried portraits of WW2 Soviet soldiers in honour of those who died in the fighting.

The Victory Day anniversary has allegedly become more politicised over the last 20 years in Ukraine, particularly by Ukrainian nationalists who revere figures like Stepan Bandera who fought with the Nazis.

Ukraine: Drone captures Victory Day celebrations in Donetsk01:24
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Thousands attended an Immortal Regiment march on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, to commemorate the 71th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War (World War II).

Crowds cheered and waved Soviet and Russian flags as, ahead of the march, hundreds of members of the rebel forces from Donbass marched on the streets of the city, they were followed by more than 40 units of military hardware including T-72 and T-64 battle tanks, APCs and self-propelled artillery.

Reportedly, some of the equipment on show had been seized from pro-government forces during the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The military parade was followed by a march of the Immortal Regiment, during which participants carried portraits of WW2 Soviet soldiers in honour of those who died in the fighting.

The Victory Day anniversary has allegedly become more politicised over the last 20 years in Ukraine, particularly by Ukrainian nationalists who revere figures like Stepan Bandera who fought with the Nazis.

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