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Ukraine president Poroshenko rallies thousands against Russia in 'battle for Ukraine'

Published on Aug 24, 2014 5:21 PM
 

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday decried Russian "aggression" as Kiev staged a symbolic Independence Day parade while battling pro-Moscow rebels in the east of the country.

Army cadets and military hardware crossed Kiev's Maidan, or Independence Square, as thousands rallied in an emotional show of strength aimed at boosting morale in the strife-torn nation.

Crowds of Ukrainians, many sporting the national colours of blue and yellow, sang the ex-Soviets state's anthem as the flag was raised.

"I am convinced that the battle for Ukraine, for independence, will be our success," Mr Poroshenko told the crowds in a speech ahead of the parade.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the supreme command staff sing the national anthem during a military parade marking the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's independence in the center of Kiev on Aug 24, 2014. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday decried Russian "aggression" as Kiev staged a symbolic Independence Day parade while battling pro-Moscow rebels in the east of the country. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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