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Ukrainian flag flown over occupied Donetsk via balloons

On 9 September 2023, in honor of 245th Avdiivka City Day, the Ukrainian military released balloons carrying the national flag into the sky, sending them in the direction of occupied Donetsk.
Launching the flag. Screenshot from the video by Vitaliy Barabash, the head of the Avdiyivka City Military Administration
Ukrainian flag flown over occupied Donetsk via balloons

Vitaliy Barabash, the head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, announced the event on TV. Then, multiple videos appeared on social media showing the Ukrainian flag flying over various districts of occupied Donetsk, while Barabash published a video of them launching the flag.

Today marks the 245th anniversary of the founding of Avdiivka. We began the day by sending our national flag into the sky with balloons. It flew towards Donetsk. We’ve received reports that they seem a bit upset about it. They tried to shoot it down. However, our national flag is still flying over the Kyiv district of Donetsk,” Barabash stated.

Earlier on September 9, a local Telegram channel, Tipichnyi Donetsk, shared several videos showcasing the Ukrainian flag soaring on balloons above the Kyiv and Kalininsky districts of occupied Donetsk.

Avdiivka is a frontline city near occupied Donetsk. Like Bakhmut before, Ukrainian troops have been defending it in a half-encirclement for over a year now, not allowing Russians to advance further.

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