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​Ukrainian city demolishes monument to Russian general who beat Napoleon

Published time: February 25, 2014 06:48
Edited time: February 26, 2014 16:38
Image from zik.ua

Image from zik.ua

Ukraine’s anti-Russian drive targeting war monuments continues. The latest victim is the Russian army commander who fought against invading Napoleon troops and chased them back to Paris.

The monument to Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who is praised in Russia as one of the best military commanders in the country’s history, was demolished in the city of Brody in Western Ukraine, reports Korrespondent newspaper.

The bust sculpture was taken off its plinth on Monday by municipal workers with a crane. The plinth was later demolished.

Local residents cheered the demolition, shouting “Glory to Ukraine, glory to heroes,” the Ukrainian nationalistic slogan which came to national prominence lately due to its use by the Maidan protesters.

The site where Kutuzov’s monument used to be may eventually host another monument dedicated to those people killed during the protest wave which ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, according to a vesti.ua report.

In a Tuesday statement on the monument’s dismantling, the Russian Foreign Ministry demanded that the new Ukrainian authorities “stop this lawlessness.”

The ministry branded the move as “a new barbaric Russophobic stunt.”

The nationalist Svoboda party, which played a key part in the Maidan protest, had been trying to demolish the Kutuzov monument since at least 2008, arguing that he had nothing to do with Ukrainian history.

A local council approved the move of the memorial to a less prominent location in December, though it is not clear if the haste to dismantle the monuments has been prompted by current political events.

Opponents of the initiative said that the military commander’s decisions as head of the Russian army led to Napoleon’s abandoning the idea to retreat from Russia through Kiev, which prevented likely pillaging of what is now Ukraine.

Prior to the invasion Kutuzov served as the military governor of Kiev and fought against French allies, the Turks. The military campaign led to territorial gains for the Russian Empire and made it impossible for Napoleon to invade the country from the south.

The eventual fate of the demolished monument is yet to be decided.

The move comes a day after local activists demolished a war monument in Western Ukraine. The monument to Soviet troops fighting against Nazi Germany was torn down in the town of Stary.

Ukraine also saw a spree of vandalism against monuments to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, with dozens destroyed throughout the country over the three months of protests.

Comments (158)

 

Denis Viktorovich 27.02.2014 19:52

Needless to remind the readers... But there was no such country called Ukraine up until 1922...

Where were several Okraina's including Siberian Okraina... And there was Malaya Rus (Small Russia) - today it is called Ukraine...

 

Denis Viktorovich 27.02.2014 19:45

Liberator 27.02.2014 12:43

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Th ey know it only too well. Nine million Ukrainians were starved to death by the head of a Russian empire.

  



Sure... Blame Russians for everything including Golodomor that starved 20 million in Russia...

When everything fails - blame Russians... Not some Red Communists who came in trains from Germany lead by Lenin, Trotskiy and the rest of that foreign agent bunch.

 

Liberator 27.02.2014 12:43

"russophobic vandals, they even don't know their history" - Martin Lipocky.

Th ey know it only too well. Nine million Ukrainians were starved to death by the head of a Russian empire.

The re is no surprise that they should demolish statues of Lenin; the puzzle is only what took them so long, and why statues of Lenin remain in Russia.

That Lvivians also bust the bust of Kutuzov just shows the hatred of everything Russian that was left by that holocaust. I don't share it; but then, my grandparents were not starved to death by Russians.

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