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Ukraine defiant on national day, rebels parade captured soldiers

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 01:12

Ukraine parades soldiers, tanks through Kiev in show of force to Russia as pro-Moscow rebels march captured soldiers through Donetsk. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Ukraine marked its independence day with a military parade in the capital Kiev. A message of defiance to neighboring Russia, which Ukraine says is funneling weapons to pro-Moscow rebels it's fighting in the east. The separatists countered with their own march -- by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold, Donetsk. The counter marches come as intense shelling was heard around Donetsk this weekend. Nearby, government forces exchanged gunfire with rebels in Ilovaisk, a small town where both sides are pitched in fierce street battles for territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart next week, in what diplomats say is the best chance for peace in months. But Sunday's rival events highlight the divide that needs to be bridged in those talks, if a compromise on Ukraine is going to be reached.

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Ukraine defiant on national day, rebels parade captured soldiers

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 01:12