Today, Ukraine celebrated 30 years of independence with a huge military parade that went through Kyiv.
The traffic in Kyiv has been blocked several times in the past weeks, as heavy military vehicles taxied through the city streets to the excitement of the crowd. But expectations was exceeded today, as Ukraine celebrated the 30 years of independence with a large military parade going through Kyiv.
Thousands of people flocked to the streets, where they saw a wide variety of the newest military hardware including tanks, a Turkish strike drone and a lot of other armoured vehicles. It is not exactly 30 years since the USSR fell apart, but it is 30 years since Ukraine ratified their declaration of independence.
Ukraine then became its own state and for the first time, a united Ukraine had to decide which way they wanted to go. And who did they want as friends. Leonid Kravchuk was elected as the first president and led Ukraine for three years of economic recession.
Leonid Kuchma then took the reigns and turned the economy around for the years to come. In 2004 he then left office and recommended that Viktor Yanukovich for president. In the election he won a very slim victory over Viktor Yushenko, but alleged election fraud brought people to the street for enormous protests.
The protests were dubbed the orange revolution, and the supreme court ruled the election null and void. Yushenko, the pro-EU candidate, and Yanukovich, the pro-Russian candidate, when head to head again. In a second round, Yushenko won the election.
In 2010, Yanukovich won the election and turned the country towards Russia and a more authoritarian rule. In the winter 2013, people went to the streets again in the revolution called The Revolution of Dignity ultimately ousting Yanukovich in February 2014 after three months of revolution.