Ukraine’s independence day celebrations won’t have the usual fanfare : NPR

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Ukrainians visit an avenue where destroyed Russian military vehicles are on display in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Ukrainians visit an avenue where destroyed Russian military vehicles are on display in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations will not have the usual fanfare as Russia persists in its invasion.

August 24 is the day the Ukrainian parliament pledged to secede from the Soviet Union in 1991. This year it will also be six months since the war started.

Perhaps the most notable departure from previous festivities has to do with the parade.

Thousands of people lined the road as more flatbed trucks brought in their loads.

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Instead of the Soviet-style events – a ritual President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had profligately called – the Ukrainian army is marking the route with the burnt-out covers of Russian military equipment.

“I think it’s appropriate, if it’s sad,” Mykhailo Virchenko told NPR as he and his wife, Lubov, walked past the installation on Sunday.

Children played on the cannon barrels, while friends took selfies in front of armored personnel carriers.

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“We hope that in the future we can celebrate independence without weapons. Maybe with flowers and dancing instead,” Lubov said.

Thousands of people lined the road as more flatbed trucks brought in their loads. Children played on the cannon barrels, while friends took selfies in front of armored personnel carriers.

These are some of the etchings seen on Russian military equipment. Left, “for Mariupol.” carved into the metal. Right, “for Mykolaiv,” is written in black marker.

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Exposed to the elements, rust covered the armor where people etched graffiti like “vengeance for Mariupol” or “for Mykolaiv”, Ukrainian cities that Russia has attacked since February.

Ukrainian officials are warning citizens not to gather in major cities ahead of the holiday.

“Russia can try to do something special, something very cruel,” Zelensky said during his Saturday night speech.

Instead of the Soviet-style Independence Day events — a ritual President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had profligately called — the Ukrainian military stands along the route with the burnt-out chaff of Russian military equipment.

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Instead of the Soviet-style Independence Day events — a ritual President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had profligately called — the Ukrainian military stands along the route with the burnt-out chaff of Russian military equipment.

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Mykhailo Podolyak, a top adviser in Zelenskyy’s office, said Russia would do anything to make the people of Ukraine unhappy.

“You will remember that they said they would march in the center of Kiev within three days of the invasion. Here we are six months later, showing how weak Russia is compared to Ukraine. So they will want their compensation.” said Podolyak.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture has confirmed that there will be no public celebration to celebrate the holiday. The current martial law prohibits large public gatherings.

People look at destroyed Russian military equipment on Khreshchatyk Street in Kiev.

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“I think we can’t celebrate until we win,” Kiev resident Valentyn Paska told NPR. “I’m just going to work that day.”

Instead, the military will hold private flag ceremonies, and some of the capital’s monuments will be lit up in blue and yellow, the colors of the flag.

To attract the attention of large numbers of pedestrians and amateur photographers in the center of Kiev, a large column of burnt-out and captured Russian tanks and infantry carriers was displayed.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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