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Alarming trend in Ukraine: Historic monuments toppled, Nazi symbols spread (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: February 25, 2014 15:49
Edited time: February 26, 2014 16:37
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After a fortnight of violent clashes in the name of democracy, Ukraine seems to be falling into a totally different trend. Symbols of victories over Hitler and Napoleon are being torn down, while those glorifying Nazi rule are multiplying.

It started with dozens of Lenin statues getting torn down across the country, but quickly moved onto passionate salutes and questionable symbolism creeping up walls across the country.

While the world's attention is focused on Kiev's Independence Square, heavy machinery moves in against one monument in Dniprodzerzhynsk.

The next demolition is of the statue of the 'Soviet Soldier' in the town of Stryi, in the Lvov Region - despite thousands of Ukrainian soldiers having died there, protecting their motherland from the Nazi occupation.

Image from stryi.com.ua

An anti-Yanukovich protester attempts to demolish the "Monument to Soviet secret security service (chekists) - fighters of the revolution" in Kiev February 23, 2014 (Reuters / Konstantin Chernichkin)

It was erected in 1965 as a companion piece to two other objects: an obelisk with WWII engravings and the Eternal Flame over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The toppling craze reaches even the legendary Russian commander, who fought Napoleon, Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov. His victory must have obstructed earlier chances of EU integration, so the Western city of Brody did away with the monument.

Image from zik.ua

It remains to be seen what will replace the Soviet star that adorned the Ukrainian parliament building for the better part of a century.


Exit Communism. Enter Nazism?

Nationalists’ symbols seen on many "soldiers of the revolution" as well as numerous walls across Kiev. The Neo-Nazi Wolfsangel, a sign used by several divisions of the SS during World War, can be easily spotted.


The reversed horizontal Wolfsangel is an official symbol of Ukraine's Right Sector, which has been one of the most active forces in Ukraine's recent unrest.

Far-right group "Right Sector" train in Independence Square in central Kiev, January 25, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

The Right Sector even has a YouTube channel, where they feature a lot of videos - like this one where a masked group of nationalists vandalize the office of the Party of Regions.

Nationalists post banners across the capital calling on others to join their organizations.

The worrying question is: Will Ukraine salute back?


Comments (253)

 

Mahongnao 13.03.2014 14:36

Is this the bravery of the Ukrainian? A war against its own people? Is this the the future they envisage for their children? Where has their visionary gone? where are thy path? Down the drain? It just put the whole world to shame. No more in the name of communism, no more in the name of liberal democracy, right or left ideology, basically we are human being first. For those who guard their history closely, humanity will reward them richly one day even though one may not live to see, the coming generation will....

 

Mahongnao 13.03.2014 14:31

The act of vandalism against the historic monument of the country show how mentally bankrupt these people has become. Their children will beg for forgiveness for the folly of their own parents one day. By then, the world will think differently though! Though yee yearn, though yee lean, though yee sought for emotional attachment, it will be nowhere near...it would have long gone...

 

Arch Stanton 03.03.2014 21:00

Funny thing about these monuments, they have always been communist symbols. Ever notice how there were no massive statues of Hitler to tear down? Nor were there any massive statues of glorious soldiers hefting children of the Third Reich. National Socialism never exhibited the ubiquitous self aggrandizing, self promoting monuments of the communist state and its leadership. People starved under the Wiemar system in the same manner they starved under the Soviet system. The reason for this is obvious to anyone who has studied the history of the people behind these twentieth century political systems.

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