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Veterans' organizations deny agreement with Presidential Office on Independence Day procession, - media

The march of defenders of Ukraine initially was a reaction to the fact that Zelensky decided not to hold a military parade
20:58, 11 August 2019
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
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The organizers of the unofficial March of Defenders, scheduled for the morning of August 24 (Independence Day) in the center of Kyiv, say that the team of President Zelensky did not agree on a plan with them. Although they met with Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko and agreed to arrange their events at a different time regarding official celebrations. It is reported by the BBC.

Earlier the President’s Office announced the Independence Day action plan, including the March of Defenders of Ukraine with the participation of veterans.

"Nobody agreed on anything with us!" wrote Pavlo Bilous, one of the organizers of the March.
 
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“There were no official discussions with the organizing committee of the March of the Defenders. We were just given ”time without asking,” said another member of the organizing committee Andriy Medvedko, accused of the murder of Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna.

The organizing committee will hold a press conference on Monday to talk about its own plans. Previously, they planned to go along Khreshchatyk at about 9:00 a.m.

The organizing committee also notes that their event is non-political and will take place without any party symbols.

The march of defenders of Ukraine was a reaction to the fact that Volodymyr Zelensky decided for the first time in five years not to hold a military parade on Independence Day. He explained this decision by the high cost of organizing the event.

“This year, the celebration of the 28th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence will be held in a new format. The main focus of the celebrations is children as the future of the country,” the President’s Office noted.
 
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