Ukraine LiveBlog Day 188: Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day; Separatists Parade POWs

August 25, 2014
Russian-backed separatists march more than 100 POWs in Donetsk. In the front row center is Lt. Col. Vladimir Sakhnevich of the 51st Brigade. Photo and report by Evgeny Feldman.

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Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs

Russian-backed separatists took the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day with military parades in Kiev to organize their own grisly parade in Donetsk of Ukrainian POWs they have captured.

The parading of POWs is a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Russia’s state TV LifeNews and Rossiya 24 broadcast the parade; showed only “captured Ukrainian military hardware.”

Translation: in the first row in the center in the “POWs parade” is Lt. Col. Vladimir Sakhnevich of the 51st brigade.
Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day

Ukraine celebrated the 23rd anniversary of its independence from the USSR today.