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