President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that there will be no military parade on the Independence Day. According to the head of the state, the money that would cover the costs of the parade would be turned into money prizes for the Ukrainian military. Zelensky said so in his video address on Facebook.
There's still some celebration to take place, he said, never specifying the actual format.
"Usually, we've got a parade on Independence Day, and it's all turgent and surely expensive. However, this year, instead of a parade, we'd rather assign this money to our heroes, the military people. And we decided to allocate UAH 300 million for money prizes for all of our military - the conscripts, cadets, officers... and, of course, the military who complete combat missions in the Joint Forces Operation area. But we will honor our heroes, and we will celebrate Independence Day - only in a new way', he said.
Ukraine celebrates the Independence Day on August 24.