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Christopher Miller+ Your Authors @ChristopherJM Correspondent covering Ukraine & beyond for @BuzzFeedNews. Also seen in @RFERL @POLITICOEurope @ViceNews @Guardian. Send tips to [email protected] Aug. 24, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

President Zelensky, speaking from a Ukraine-shaped stage in Kyiv on this Independence Day, promised to hold a military parade once the country regains control over the Russia-occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas. via @APUkraine

Under former president Poroshenko, Ukraine held military parades on Independence Day. Last year Zelensky held a parade that included military personnel but also displayed other important people and groups. No such event was held this year because of the COVID pandemic.

In his televised speech this morning, Zelensky expressed hope that the current ceasefire in the war-torn eastern Donbas region, which has for the most part held since July 27, will become a full-fledged armistice that leads to a lasting peace.

"Today, on the 29th day of the armistice, on the 29th anniversary of independence, we all ask God for only one thing: let the days of silence become months. Months become years. Years become centuries, and then millennia," Zelensky said.

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