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Independence Day 2019

RFE/RL: On August 24 marked its 28th anniversary of independence from the former Soviet Union with an official ceremony in Kyiv that, for the first time, did not include a military parade. A minute of silence commemorated those war victims in eastern Ukraine.

For the first time in Ukrainian capatital took place a defenders’ parade. Veterans, volunteers and family members of soldiers who died in Donbas and defended Ukraine from Russian aggression marched together. The parade was organized on the initiative of the veteran movement of Ukraine.

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Early in the morning participants of the walk, activists and citizens gathered near the Shevchenko monument. They walked along Volodimirska Street, Shevchenko Boulevard.

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Two military vehicles with Ukrainian flags drove at the beginning of the convoy, followed by a large group of mothers and relatives of soldiers killed in Donbass and other participants of the walk.The organizers of March believe that it is important to remember who is defending the country from the Russian aggression.

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The President of Ukraine announced in his government statement that world leaders, in particular US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and British Queen Elizabeth II, as well as leaders of other countries, had congratulated Ukraine on the 28th anniversary of Independence Day.

The German Ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen, wished Ukraine peace, stability and prosperity in her video greeting.