Supporters of the Ukrainian nationalist party National Corps held a protest in Kiev on Saturday, decrying government corruption and calling for the removal of the country’s president Petro Poroshenko. “Poroshenko has come to create an absolutely unique system – every third hryvnia [national currency of Ukraine] that was given for the Ukrainian defence remains in the pocket of corrupt officials,” said National Corps leader Andriy Biletsky, while addressing the crowd in Kiev’s Independence Square.
Ukrainians are paying tribute to the soldiers who died fighting against Russian-led forces in the battle for the Donetsk airport. More than 100 Ukrainian troops were killed during the 242-days of fighting.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the dispatch of units from the Airborne Assault Forces of Ukraine to regions bordering Russia on his trip to the Zhytomyr Region on Thursday – “From this military airfield, the elite of our troops – the units of the Airborne Assault Forces will be transported to important defensive regions and districts in accordance with the approved plans,” he said. The Ukrainian president, referring to the “Russian aggression”, was confident troops would be “ready to respond adequately, quickly and effectively to any challenge, to take away any threat.”