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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 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.

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

Performances of Ukrainian artists in traditional national dresses were also part of the Kiev show.

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

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

4 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.

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

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.

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

Locals had the opportunity to inspect military equipment of the Ukrainian army destroyed by rebels' military personnel.

8 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.

9 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.

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

In one of the biggest cities in Eastern Ukraine, on the other hand, one could see quite a different spectacle.

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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