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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 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.

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

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

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

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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

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

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

10 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.

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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