Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ukraine Marks 25th Independence Day As Tensions With Russia Worsen

WSJ: Ukraine Celebrates Independence Amid Tensions With Moscow

Kiev celebrates 25th anniversary of exit from Soviet Union with parade of tanks and rocket launchers

MOSCOW—The Ukrainian government marked a quarter-century of independence Wednesday with a display of military might, as tensions flared in the country’s war-torn east.

Tanks and rocket launchers rolled through downtown Kiev to mark Ukraine’s exit from the Soviet Union in 1991, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko set the tone for the celebrations with a call to defend the country’s sovereignty.

“Our parade is a signal to the enemy: Ukrainians are seriously ready to fight for their independence,” Mr. Poroshenko said.

The military parade in Kiev was a reminder of the conflict simmering along the 300-mile front line in eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. The United Nations estimates that almost 10,000 have been killed since fighting began in 2014.

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More News On Ukraine Marking Its 25th Independence Day

Ukraine marks 25 years of independence a riven nation despite the flags -- The Guardian
Ukraine's Poroshenko Strikes Martial Tone on Independence Day -- VOA
Ukraine Celebrates 25 Years Of Independence As Tensions With Russia Worsen -- RFE
Ukraine: Moscow failed to bring Kiev to its knees -- Al Jazeera
Ukraine Independence Day Facts And Trivia: 7 Things To Know About National Holiday -- IBTimes

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