It was a subdued occasion for many who gathered to celebrate nationhood six months after the Russian invasion.
Ukrainians celebrate Independence Day at home and abroad
Ukrainians have celebrated their Independence Day in ways none could have imagined 12 months ago. On August 24, 2021, their lives were concentrated on the everyday. Six months later, on 24 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order for his troops to attack Ukraine.
The ensuing violence has torn Ukraine apart, killing and injuring thousands, ripping families apart who have fled to other countries for safety and destroying cities and towns.
While their President Volodymyr Zelenskiy remains at home, rallying the population and urging support from global leaders, the spirit of the nation has been celebrated around the world, by a proud and defiant people, determined to show their Russian aggressors they will continue to resist.
Ahead of the holiday, Kyiv authorities banned large gatherings in the capital, warning of missile strikes, and Russian forces did launch a rocket attack on a train station in central Ukraine on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding about 50. But people have continued to celebrate. Here’s a look in pictures and Tweets at how Ukrainians have marked their Independence Day at home and around the world.