Festive events in Mariupol, Donetsk region, started with celebrating the Day of National Flag. A military parade took place in the city and local authoriries has already congratulated the citizens.
Mariupol also holds a rally dedicated to the Ukrainian Day of Independence. Participants of the rally will go to Sartana, Hnutovo and other villages to congratulate Ukrainian governmental troops, who defend the positions from militants' attacks. Volunteers, who take part in the rally, also gather some sweets and other treats for Ukrainian soldiers.
A gala concert dedicated to the Independence Day, as well as exhibition of the works of folk artists will gather Mariupol citizens in the evening August 24.
On the eve of Independence Day, local citizens commemorated the police officers killed in 2014-2015. A memorial with the names of law enforcement representatives of Donetsk region, who died in 2014-2015, was unvailed in Mariupol near the regional police department.