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View of the head of a dragonboat during the ICF Dragon Boat World Champinships in Poznan, Poland, 28 August 2014. The competition runs from 28 to 31 August.

Helpers build up the mobile sculpture of the social project `Kuechenmonument` (Kitchen Monument) at the Berlinische Galerie, in Berlin, Germany, 28 August 2014. The gallery is inviting people to take part in workshops, talks and gastronomy events in the b

Rider crosses the bay of Mont Saint-Michel as they compete in the Endurance competition during the World Equestrian Games 2014 in Dragey, France

French actors/cast members Elodie Bouchez (L) and Jonathan Lambert (C) and a member of the crew costumed as a rat (R) pose at a photocall for `Reality` during the 71st annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 28 August 2014. The movie

Femen activists stage a protest against the recent cases of sexual violence and rapes against women in front of the Ministry of Interior in Madrid, Spain

Marcos Giron of the US hits a return to John Isner of the US during the second day of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, Meadows, New York, USA, 26 August 2014. The US Open runs through 08 September, a 15-

Young Palestinians celebrate a ceasefire in Gaza City, 26 August 2014. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on 26 August 2014 an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza St

 

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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

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

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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`.

10 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.

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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