Armoured vehicles and soldiers have been parading in Kiev today, Ukrainian Independence day.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the nation's military was being mobilised for a historic war of independence from Russia.
Soldiers, some due to head directly to the front where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists, staged a marchpast on Kiev's Independence Square followed by a parade of armored vehicles armed with anti-tank weapons and trucks towing missile systems.
During the ceremony, Poroshenko declared that Ukraine's war against pro-Russian separatists, who it says are armed by Moscow, would likely enter history as 'the 2014 patriotic war'.
Ukraine declared its independence from a collapsing Soviet Union on 25th August 1991, but many Ukrainians believe Moscow has never truly let it function as a sovereign state, and is now trying to restore its control. Russia denies helping the rebellion, or trying to intervene in Ukraine's internal affairs.
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