For second year, Ukrainians celebrate Independence Day amid Russia’s war

Ukrainian Independence Day 2015 showed that Ukrainians love their soldiers a lot and their politicians, well, not so much at all.

Thousands turned Kyiv’s Khreshchatyk Street into a river of vyshyvanka, as people donned a bright and varied collection of traditional Ukrainian embroidered clothes.

They hugged weary soldiers and took photos with them. They gave them flowers and bottles of cold water.

But skepticism remains about Ukraine’s authorities, who still erect fences, police cordons and metal detectors to put the public – and whoever might wish them ill – at a safe distance.

For the full story, please visit The Kyiv Post.

(Photo:  Volodymyr Petrov)