Several hundred servicemen were brought to the city center by military transport. Police closed Khreshchatyk Street after which preparations for the Aug. 24 Independence Day parade kicked off.
The combat vehicles took no part in the first rehearsal. The roadway was closed for a short time. The soldiers marched down the roadway to Yevropeiska Square and then took the sidewalk to get back to Bessarabska Square.
Rehearsals are also to be held on Aug. 18, 20 and 22. The next rehearsals will involve military hardware amassed in Kyiv for this purpose. Parking areas in some areas of the city will be closed during the rehearsals. Some roadways will also be closed during the celebration of Aug. 24.