Thousands gather for Ukraine rally

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In Ukraine, thousands of nationalists have marched through the streets of Kiev, an impressive show of support for the centre-right Svoboda party ahead of elections at the end of the month.

It coincided with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which fought both Nazis and Soviets in the Second World War.

The marchers gravitated to the statue of Ukraine’s folk hero, Taras Shevchenko.

“The time for tolerance and weakness is over,” said Svoboda official Irina Farion. “Our involvement with the gang in power is finished.”

“The upcoming elections are our next big battle,” Svoboda leader Oleg Tyahnybok told the crowd. “But we must also be prepared for revolution, in the event of electoral fraud.”

Demonstrators then trampled and burned Communist Party flags and the blue banners of the governing Party of the Regions.