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A member of an Egyptian troupe performs during the Sana’a Summer Festival in Sana’a, Yemen, 24 August 2014. Yemen launched a one-week tourist festival to reactivate the tourism industry in this poorest Arab country.

An Indonesian model takes a part in parade along a 3.6 kilometers long catwalk during the Jember Fashion Carnival 2014, in Jember, East Java, Indonesia, 25 August 2014.

A general view of a road closure to the Vattnajokull glacier the site of the Bardarbunga volcano under the Dyngjujokull ice cap in Iceland, 24 August 2014.

Bog snorkelling competitor Katie Parker takes a pause for breath after completing her run during the Bog Snorkeling World Championship, held at Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, 24 August 2014.

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City on, 24 Augast 2014.

A woman answers questions to get the reconized Myanmar Citizenship Identification card as per 1982 Burma Citizenship Law as Vijay Nambiar (2-R), special advisor to UN secretary general and party visiting at the Muslims refugee camp in MyaePone township, R

Pope Francis during the Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of his office in Saint Peter`s square, Vatican City, 24 August 2014.

 

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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

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

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

2 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.

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

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who greeted the cheerful spectators, was clear the country now needed to be permanently ready for external aggression and would have to boost defense expenditures.

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

There was no doubt where Kiev thought a threat could come from. Neither was Poroshenko's "rearmament" plan surprising, given the accusations of Ukraine that Russia is smuggling weapons into the Donbass region.

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

In downtown Donetsk, military personnel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People`s Republic escort Ukrainian army prisoners of war.

6 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.

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

Crisis-torn Ukraine used the occasion to make a display of its capabilities, hoping the show-off would assert citizens Kiev was committed to protect them.

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

Kiev (and Western Ukraine as a whole) was not the single city to mark the anniversary. Here, locals can be seen cheering during a ceremony in Slaviansk, once rebel-held.

9 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.

10 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.

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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