Donetsk People's Republic Leader Holds Victory Day Parade in Mariupol

The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR or DNR), Denis Pushilin, was seen leading a Victory Day march in Mariupol in footage posted by the DNR Online on May 9.

In the video, Pushilin is seen lighting the Eternal Flame at the city’s Victims of Fascism memorial in the Primorsky district. He also leads a march in front of a long banner.

May 9 marks the annual celebration by Russia of the country’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

An advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, said on May 9 that Russia had resumed attacks on the Azovstal steel plant after a UN convoy had left the Donetsk region. Telegram posts from Andriushchenko also described the march in Mariupol as involving outsiders bused in to take part. “Occupiers are in place. Collaborators on site. The only ones who are not there are Mariupol residents,” one post said, according to a machine translation. Credit: DNR Online via Storyful

Video transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[APPLAUSE]

ALL: Hoorah! Hoorah!

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[APPLAUSE]

Hoorah! Hoorah!

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