The parade is beautiful, it fascinates, fills the heart with pride and anxiety. Therefore, thousands of people come to see their army, feel the atmosphere of celebration. For the photographer on the parade, not only the official events are interesting, but the public itself. And while the military men were marching along Khreshchatyk, the photographer Zoya Shu went to the audience. And now she's ready to share what she has seen and heard.
All the people who became the heroes of this reportage expressed their joy about the parade itself and the Independence Day, but noted that they want peace and wish that their children will see military equipment only at the parade.
"It is a great holiday for me, and I came here from Sevastopol in 2014. Ukraine has fought for independence for many centuries, it's a great merit that was not so easy for us to get"
"Our whole life depends on this holiday"
Olena and Serhiy, the girl Masha, Kyiv
"For me it's a double or even triple holiday. My boyfriend is taking part in the parade for the second year and I proudly support him because it is a holiday for all Ukrainians"
"Personally, for every serviceman, this is a professional holiday, because we are defenders of Ukraine"
"I brought a child, my nephew. I'm on vacation now, this is a national holiday, the child must see and be brought up patriotically."
Military psychologist Volodymyr and boy Artem, Kyiv
"It must be important for everyone." I feel proud for my country, people are fighting, and therefore we must pay tribute, at least to come here.
"We are from China, came here with friends"
Mr. Lu, Mr. Lee, Mr. Xie
"This is the day we became free. We came to support the Ukrainian military so that they feel that they are not alone but supported by many people."
Orest and Oksana, Kyiv region
"This is a great public holiday for all of us, the joy that we exist, strengthened our country and have the opportunity to celebrate, pride for the Ukrainian people"
Serhiy Hlushko, Naval Orchestra, 406 brigade, Mykolaiv
And for a few hundred meters from the parade there are full of reminders of the tragic events of early 2014. Many people stopped to pay tribute to the memory of those killed in the center of the capital.