About 10,000 people have marched through the capital of Ukraine in an annual nationalist commemoration of the formation of the World War II-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

Right wing activists scuffle with riot police as they pull a ladder in an attempt to destroy a Soviet-era monument during a protest near the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Right wing activists approach a Soviet-era monument during a protest near the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

About 1,000 police officers were deployed for the Defender of Ukraine Day march. Demonstrators lit colorful flares and shouted slogans such as “We are returning Ukraine to Ukrainians.”

Right wing activists leader Mykola Kokhanivsky holds a hammer as demonstrators attempt to destroy a Soviet-era monument during a protest near the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Members of the nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

There was a scuffle when riot police intervened to stop some protesters attempting to destroy a Soviet-era monument near the parliament building.

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Members of the nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

The march in Kiev took place amid growing concern about radical far-right nationalists attacking Roma encampments and LGBT and women’s rights activists.

Members of the nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day, in centre Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Members of the nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sunday was the 76th anniversary of the formation of the paramilitary group, known by the acronym UPA, that fought against the Soviet army, sometimes in collaboration with Nazi forces.

Source: The Associated Press

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