August 24 should be a special day for all of Ukraine. The separatists in east Ukraine, especially in Donetsk, decided to celebrate Independence Day with a parade of Ukrainian POWs and stolen Ukraine military equipment through the city center on Lenin Street.
Did it this sickening show help DPR demoralize Ukraine? Don’t think so.Pic by Yevgeny Feldman. pic.twitter.com/o5lwMrRM05
— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) August 24, 2014
— Bojan Pancevski (@bopanc) August 24, 2014
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) August 24, 2014
— Courtney Weaver (@courtneymoscow) August 24, 2014
The majority of people in east Ukraine speak Russian and identify more with Russia. The Kyiv Post reported spectators yelled “Facists!” and “F*cking demons!” at the captured soldiers. Others threw “flour, eggs and bottles at the prisoners.” Another video showed a street cleaning machine behind the soldiers, which is “a clear reference to the march of captive German soldiers in Moscow in 1944, where a street cleaner symbolically washed the road after them.”
— East of Brussels (@EastOfBrussels) August 24, 2014
— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) August 24, 2014
— Stefan Huijboom (@SHuijboom) August 24, 2014
Ole Solvang with Human Rights Watch said the POW parade violates the Geneva Convention.
Detainee parade in #Donetsk violates GVA convention, which prohibits “outrages upon personal dignity… humiliating and degrading treatment”
— Ole Solvang (@OleSolvang) August 24, 2014
Donetsk did not stop fighting. Residents and journalists tweeted during the day that shells hit hospitals and gunfire filled the air.
Ukrainian patients at Kalinina hospital basement after shelling in Donetsk, Aug 24, 2014. AFP Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff pic.twitter.com/96hvn6eR9k
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 24, 2014