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You're reading: RIA Novosti: Thousands gather in Kyiv to mark 70 years of controversial Insurgent Army

Several thousand people gathered in the center of Kyiv on Sunday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the World War II-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army that fought against the Soviet Red Army and Nazis, local police reported.

The organizers of the rally at the monument to the famous Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko said more than 10,000 people were attending the gathering.

The rally participants, mainly activists of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party, are holding party flags. Many demonstrators have portraits of nationalist leaders Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych.

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