Ukraine says 10 countries to join Ukraine's Independence Day parade

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-18 22:59:41|Editor: yan
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KIEV, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 231 servicemen from 10 foreign countries will join a military parade in Kiev on Aug. 24 to mark Ukraine's Independence Day, a Ukrainian military official said on Friday.

Yury Biryukov, an aide to Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, wrote on Facebook that Britain, Georgia, Canada, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, the United States, Latvia, Romania, and Estonia will send their troops to the parade.

Besides, defense ministers of nine countries will attend the parade activity, Biryukov said, without giving details.

The parade on the Khreschatyk Street, the central street of the Ukrainian capital, will involve 4,500 Ukrainian troops, but no military vehicles.

Meanwhile, a major exhibition of military hardware will be held at the nearby Independence Square, displaying about 70 units of military equipment, including 25 newly-developed samples.

Ukraine won independence from the former Soviet Union on Aug. 24, 1991, a day marked as Ukraine's Independence Day.

Last year, about 4,000 troops and 200 military vehicles participated in Ukraine's Independence Day parade.