Donetsk antiwar rally marks Ukraine’s ‘Dependence Day’

By Denis Grigoryuk
Photos by Koshkin and Karaleva

On August 24, the Ukrainian state celebrates “Independence Day*.” In Donetsk, for the second year, this “holiday” was not marked, but today the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic came to a rally entitled “Dependence Day of Ukraine.”

On Facebook, various users and groups, sent a wave of appeals to organize a flashmob on August 24, the day when Ukraine celebrates “Independence Day.” People gathered near the monument to Taras Shevchenko with posters declaring, “Ukraine is dependent,” “You’ve already perished, Ukraine,” “Poroshenko – bloody president,” etc. 

‘Poroshenko – puppet in the U.S. show’
The peaceful demonstration was joined by the public movements “Donetsk Republic” and “Young Republic.” People signed a letter of appeal to the Ukrainian government to leave the unconquered people of Donbass alone and stop the punitive operation referred to as the “ATO” [Anti-Terrorist Operation].
While Ukraine celebrates its mythical “Independence Day,” the people of Donbass, despite their fear of shelling, came into the city streets to show their attitude to the bloody holiday of the Ukrainian state. 

‘You’ve already perished, Ukraine’ — a reference to Kiev’s national anthem

‘Poroshenko — bloody president!’

* Translator’s note: Pro-capitalist elements in Ukraine declared “independence” on August 24, 1991, during the destruction of the Soviet Union by the U.S.-backed Yeltsin-Gorbachev regime.
Translated by Greg Butterfield

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