The march brought together war veterans, families of the soldiers who died in Donbas war and political activists. According to the organizers, an estimated 10, 000 people were expected to attend the commemorative event.
March participants chanted patriotic slogans and lit flares.
In 2014, the then Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed an order that made October 14 the official holiday Defenders of Ukraine Day.
The date is aslo widely for another holiday, Pokrova or the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos, celebrated by Orthodox Christians. It was also chosen for unofficial Ukrainian Cossack Day as Virgin Mary was highly venerated by these warriors in early times of Ukrainian history, which probably is another reason that prompted Ukrainian insurgents back in 1940s to chose the day for establishment of UPA, Ukrainian Insurgent Army.