Supporters of Ukrainian opposition parties hold flags as they take part in a demonstration rally marking the country's Independence Day, in downtown Kiev, on August 24, 2012. Over a thousand pro-opposition protesters took part in the demonstration and expressed support for jailed ex-Prime Minister Ioulia Timochenko, who is currently serving a seven year jail term after having been convicted of abuse of power. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV
Ukraine marks Independence Day, which occurred 21 years ago after the Parliament declared independence, following a failed secret plan attempt to remove the government in Moscow. Over the past 5 years, the festive mood during the celebration has been overshadowed by protests, rallies, and discontent.