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Zelensky: Alternative March of Defenders on Independence Day is wrong

Source : 112 Ukraine

The representatives of the veterans’ organizations, volunteers and Union of families of the deceased heroes announced the holding of the March of Defenders of Ukraine on August 24
13:30, 23 August 2019

Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that there may be no alternatives to Independence Day. Besides, the Ukrainians have every right to participate in the marches they want to as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“I guest that we have the Independence Day of Ukraine and it is the most important. And there is no alternative to this day. If people would like to walk…I do not think that it is an “alternative parade” (March of Defenders of Ukraine, - 112.international); it is really wrong. Let’s begin with rhetoric. Do we unite Ukraine? I believe that it is the most important,” Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president emphasized that if people want to hold the procession they should go.

Related: Public sector workers' participation in Independence Day events voluntary, - President's Office

“We are the open country. So, you are welcome,” he noted.

As we reported a Dignity March with the participation of veterans will be held instead of a military parade on the Independence Day of Ukraine. The ceremony starts on August 24 at 9:30 near the memorial cross for the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred. 

Ukrainian band ONUKA (Natalya Zhyzhchenko), sound producer of the band Yevhen Filatov also known as The Maneken, legendary Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk, opera singers Andry Romanenko and Yevhen Orlov, Oksana Kramareva and Anzhelina Shvachka will participate in the Dignity March.

Related: Ukraine's Security Service detains man preparing terrorist act before Independence Day

The representatives of the veterans’ organizations, volunteers and Union of families of the deceased heroes announced the holding of the March of Defenders of Ukraine on August 24.

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