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Flares and no social distance: March on Defender's Day took place in Kyiv

Author : Kateryna Chernyavska

Source : 112 Ukraine

Around 1,000 people participated in the march on October 14
15:30, 15 October 2020

March on Defender's Day in Kyiv, Oct.14,2020
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On October 14, Ukraine celebrates several holidays at once: Defender of Ukraine Day, Day of the Ukrainian Cossacks and the anniversary of creation of Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). Traditionally, the March of right forces took place in Kyiv on this day.

About a thousand people attended the march: veterans, activists and ordinary citizens, many of whom were teenagers.

Participants gathered in Taras Shevchenko Park. An event started with performance of the national anthem and a minute of silence in memory of those killed in eastern Ukraine.

March on Defender's Day in Kyiv, Oct.14,2020
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There, a column was formed near the park on Volodymyrska Street. It was headed by veterans, one of whom was wearing prostheses instead of legs, so he moved with the column on a scooter.

From the Taras Shevchenko Park, the nationalists went down to Khreshchatyk Street and to Maidan. Then they lit flares on Maidan chanting ‘Glory to Ukraine!’. After that, the column turned to the Alley Named After the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred, where participants honored the memory of the deceased.

The march did not do without costumed characters. So, about 10 people disguised in the uniform of UPA, went in a separate mini-column.

March on Defender's Day in Kyiv, October 14, 2020
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Among others, there was also a small column in support of Belarus. People were chanting ‘Long live Belarus!’ together with ‘Glory to Ukraine!’  

The last column attracted special attention - young men dressed in black carried a White lives matter poster. None of the participants in this box wanted to talk and answer questions about their poster.

March on Defender's Day in Kyiv, October 14, 2020
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The march ended on Bankova Street near the Office of President.

It should be noted that under the conditions of quarantine, such events are currently prohibited, but the Kyiv City State Administration was unable to ban the march, as there is no court decision.

Unfortunately, the marchers themselves did not take this issue very seriously either – there was barely any sort of social distance, and there were only a few people in the masks.

March on Defender's Day in Kyiv, October 14, 2020
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