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Russia’s unorthodox tactics in the conflict in Ukraine have raised fears of a repeat of such tactics elsewhere in eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, the FT has said.

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A protest rally in front of the central bank building in Sofia on Friday demanded the reopening of Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB or Corpbank), state radio BNR reported.

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NATO would fully respect any potential decision by Ukraine to seek membership of the Western military alliance, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Despite being of a military nature, the event did bring some colour to the streets of Kiev. Ukrainian military cadets can be seen here marching.

2 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It was not all about arms, of course...

3 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It might be hard to tell at a first glance whether the event was designed to coincide with the Independence Day. But the Donetsk People's Republic reported Saturday that the national celebration would be cancelled in the city.

4 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It seems there is one similarity between the two events, though; neither side spares children from taking part in the propaganda.

5 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Here, Ukrainian APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers) drive on Kiev`s Independence Square in downtown Kiev.

6 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Border guards are quite important in the light of the current standoff, with Kiev claiming Moscow provides illicit support to rebels using the Russian-Ukrainian frontier.

7 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

An anti-war rally was held in Donetsk as well, with demostrators showing placards reading `Stop Fascism` and `Fascism will not pass`.

8 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Ukrainian soldiers salute as the drive in their military vehicles on the Independence Square. Critics have argued the decision to hold such a parade was strange against the backdrop of Ukraine's economic situation.

9 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

10 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It is being held by members of Czech Ukrainian community as they march to mark the Independence Day on the medevial Charles bridge in Prague, the Czech Republic's capital.

Ukraine celebrated its 23rd Independence Day on August 24, with a military parade in its capital Kiev held to mark the anniversary.

Although the event divided opinions among Ukrainians (or those considering themselves Ukrainians) themselves, it did not seem to provoke huge outrage among the ranks of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic representatives.

To the contrary, what they seem to have made is a rival march: a parade of their own.

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