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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, August 25, 2014

Putin unites the people of Ukraine

Despite the fighting in the east of the country, the government in Kiev allowed a big military parade to go ahead on Sunday. Putin's aggression has brought Ukrainians together like never before, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita comments in delight. "Soldiers whose duty it is to fight against a country that was considered a sister nation only a short while ago marched on Khreshchatyk, the main avenue in Kiev. The images of four months ago, when Ukraine gave up Crimea without a fight, had long been forgotten on Sunday. This patriotism is also remarkable because the Ukrainians' living standards have dropped significantly since the Maidan revolution. ... This rebirth of the Ukrainian people is above all thanks to one man: Putin. His brutal aggression and ruthless strategy for keeping the country in Russia's sphere of influence have united the Ukrainians against Russia."

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