Veterans of the conflict between the government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine and activists and supporters of nationalist forces march in downtown Kyiv on October 14, 2019. The banner reads “No to capitulation”.

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Thousands of Ukrainians marched in Kyiv on Oct. 14, decrying as “capitulation” a mooted pullback of troops fighting Moscow-backed separatists in the east and calling for victory in the five-year war.

Monday marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a group of nationalists who fought against Soviet troops in World War II alongside Nazi forces and are accused of slaughtering Poles and Jews.

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