08:09 GMT26 February 2021
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    Thousands of Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev participated in a march on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the creation of the nationalist Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The march of Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev gathered about 10,000 participants and no violations have been registered during the event, the police department of the Ukrainian capital said in a Saturday statement.

    ​Earlier in the day, the march that gathered representatives of radical movements, such as the Right Sector organization, which is outlawed in Russia as an extremist group. It kicked off in Kiev held in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of establishment of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, outlawed in Russia) extremist group.

    Some marchers reportedly gave Nazi salutes.

    "The participants started gathering at the park named after [poet] Taras Shevchenko according to rough estimates about 10,000 people have joined the march," the statement said.

    The statement added citing the head of the department that about 4,500 police officers and representatives of the country's National Guard ensured order during the march.

    Smaller rallies were also reportedly held in other Ukrainian cities on Saturday.

    The UPA was created in 1942 and acted mostly in western Ukraine fighting against Soviet troops and cooperating with Nazi Germany.


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