Bonuses instead of parade: Ukraine’s leader takes surprising decision

Volodymyr Zelensky has opted out of staging the Independence Day parade in 2019.

“On August 24, Ukraine’s Independence Day, a military parade is usually held in our country. It is very pompous and rather expensive. I think we’d better hand out the money to our heroes, our military instead of this year’s parade. We have decided to allocate 300 mln hryvnias [nearly $12 mln] as bonus payments to our servicemen, i.e. fixed-term soldiers, cadets, sergeants, officers,” Zelensky said in a video posted on Facebook.

“Of course, we are going to honour our heroes and celebrate Independence Day. But there will be a new format,” he stressed.

In turn, former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has criticized the initiative of Vladimir Zelensky.

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