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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

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

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.

6 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.

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

A giant flag with an inscription "Ukraine" visible on it was part of the celebrations in Slaviansk; but it also turned to be a playground.

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

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

10 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.

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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