A grand day for a grand pa­rade

Kyiv Post - - National -

1 A Ukrainian air force mil­i­tary trans­port plane, flanked by two fighter jets, soars over cen­tral Kyiv on Aug. 24 dur­ing a pa­rade held to mark Ukrainian In­de­pen­dence Day. 2 Sol­diers march along Khreshchat­yk Street in Kyiv on Aug. 24 dur­ing the pa­rade Some 4,500 troops, in­clud­ing some from NATO coun­tries, took part in the pa­rade, along with 250 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing tanks, mis­sile launch­ers, and ar­tillery pieces. 3 Tanks, wreathed in ex­haust fumes, pa­rade along Khreshchat­yk Street as on­look­ers take pho­to­graphs. Three full re­hearsals of the pa­rade were held ahead of In­de­pen­dence Day on Aug. 24. 4 Women take a selfie on In­de­pen­dence Square af­ter the pa­rade on Aug. 24. The pa­rade, held in bril­liant sunshine, lasted about two hours, and was the largest since 2014. 5 Mil­i­tary hard­ware is ref­elected in the sun­glasses of an on­looker at the mil­i­tary pa­rade in cen­tral Kyiv. 6 The crews of Ukrainian army in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cles sa­lute the pres­i­den­tial podium dur­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rade. 7 A boy waves a Ukrainian flag as he at­tends the In­de­pen­dence Day mil­i­tary pa­rade in Kyiv. 8 Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko (L) holds a mil­i­tary ban­ner dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Khreshchat­yk Street in Kyiv on Aug. 24 to mark In­de­pen­dence Day. 9 Ukraini­ans crowd Khreshchat­yk Street in cen­tral Kyiv on Aug. 24 to watch the mil­i­tary pa­rade mark­ing Ukraine's 27th In­de­pen­dence Day. (Photos by Volodymyr Petrov, Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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