Artifacts of Russia's military presence in Donbas on display in Kyiv

22:12, 21 February 2015
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The exhibition entitled 'Presence' opened on Mykhailivska Square in the center of Kyiv. Its exhibits are trophy military equipment, fragments of the ammunition used by pro-Russian separatists to shell cities and towns in the east of Ukraine. Other pieces of evidence of Russia's military presence in Donbas are also on display.


The official opening ceremony held on Saturday was attended by high-ranking officials from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Interior and Defense Ministries, an UNIAN correspondent reported.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the exhibition presents evidence of crimes against humanity and proof of Russian aggression against Ukraine. "This military equipment kills Ukrainian citizens", the minister said.

The exhibits were delivered in Kyiv by the Azov special purpose regiment and other military formations.

"This equipment today symbolizes the beginning of the defeat of Putin's intervention. Ukraine cannot be taken by force," Avakov said.

The organizers of the exhibition and visitors held a moment of silence to honor the defenders of Ukraine who were killed in Donbas when protecting the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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