The bronze statue in the Arch of Peoples’ Friendship, in the center of the Ukrainian capital, was built in 1982 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union.
During the demolition, the head of one of the figures in this statue – representing a Russian laborer and a Ukrainian laborer holding hands, a Soviet symbol with “friendship among peoples” – was actually removed, while a crane was tried to dismantle it .. the monument in the heart of Kyiv.
Eight meters of metal from the so-called “friendship of the two peoples” disintegrated. And what is symbolic (…) the head of the Russian worker fell ”, wrote in the telegram Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital.
Klitschko justified the decision with Moscow’s intention to “destroy the state and the Ukrainians” with the invasion that began on February 24.
Another monument from this group will be dismantled at a later time, while the third, a wide arch, will be renamed, painted in Ukrainian colors.
According to the mayor of Kyiv, 60 monuments, bas-reliefs and icons associated with the Soviet Union and Russia will soon be dismantled. More than 460 streets will also be renamed.
Ukraine several years ago, especially after the so-called Maidan Revolution in 2014, began the policy of “removing the Soviet Union” or “removing the Soviets”, by dismantling the statues of Lenin in particular and changing the names of some cities to give them. The names they used before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
The Ukrainian authorities also carried out the operation “Disarming the Russians”, before the beginning of the military invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
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