Arab Today, arab today sovietera statues smashed as ukraine likens russia to nazis
Last Updated : GMT 01:30:09
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Soviet-era statues smashed as Ukraine likens Russia to Nazis

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Soviet-era statues smashed as Ukraine likens Russia to Nazis

Communal workers remove the toppled Soviet-era memorial
Kharkiv - AFP

Masked men smashed communist-era monuments in Ukraine's second city overnight Friday after the country's pro-Western parliament voted to purge the nation of Soviet symbols and its head of state compared today's Russia to Nazi Germany.

As Kiev and Moscow traded angry barbs in an escalating war of words over their shared history, President Petro Poroshenko likened Russia's support of separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine to Nazi Germany's actions in Europe in the 1930s.

"What is the difference between the Anschluss of Austria or the occupation of Sudentenland, and the annexation of Crimea or the attempts to tear away Donbass in 2014?" said Poroshenko.

He referred to a swathe of eastern Ukraine captured by separatist rebels operating with Russia's support, according to the West. Moscow denies the allegations of involvement in the insurgency against Kiev.

His harsh tirade ahead of the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory over the Nazis is likely to deeply offend Moscow, which is planning massive May 9 celebrations.

In Kharkiv, where three Soviet-era statues were toppled in the dead of night, an anti-Russian group called "We've Had Enough" posted a video showing the monuments glorifying Bolshevik heroes come smashing to the ground.

The Russian-speaking city of 1.4 million people close to the northeastern border with Russia is about 200 kilometres (120 miles) from the conflict zone in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where more than 6,000 people have been killed over the past year.

The video shows the men using a ladder to hook the statues with a cable tied to a white van that pulls away, bringing them down, with the police in one instance looking on without attempting to intervene.

Kharkiv's pro-Russian mayor Gennady Kernes described the night-time raids as "vandalism" and demanded that police "explain why they allow the illegal demolition of monuments."

- Communist ban controversy -

The attack follows a ban this week on Nazi and communist symbols and names. The pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party, which has 40 of 450 parliamentary seats, said Saturday the legislation was responsible for the destruction in Kharkiv.

The ban, which was rushed through parliament Thursday and must be signed by Poroshenko before coming into force, is stoking tension in the war-divided country of 45 million.

Supporters of the legislation say it will help Ukraine break with its tragic World War II past and with Moscow's domination through most of the 20th century.

Moscow however accuses Ukraine of "rewriting history", and a foreign ministry statement Friday said "Kiev used truly totalitarian methods of liquidating unwanted parties, civic organisations and movements."

Russia said the law would "create divisions" and promote a "nationalist ideology".

The package of laws bans Soviet flags and means that Soviet-era Lenin statues will have to be removed and streets and town squares renamed across the country of some 45 million.

Historian David Marples at Canada's Alberta University was critical.

"In the West, friends of Ukraine will have a difficult time accepting both the wisdom and timing of such a facile and asinine decree," he said.

"The all-encompassing rejection of any facets of the Soviet legacy is troublesome," Marples wrote. "The Red Army after all removed the Nazi occupation regime from Ukraine in alliance with the Western Powers."

Soviet WWII veterans will be entitled to continue to wear their medals, however, and graves will be left in peace, even if inscribed with the hammer-and-sickle or other Soviet insignia.

Kiev sociologist Andriy Bychenko said the parliament's anti-Soviet drive was in tune with widespread belief that Russia is fuelling the bloody rebellion in the east.

"Feelings towards the symbols of the Soviet Union have become sharply more negative since the beginning of the Russian aggression," he told AFP.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today sovietera statues smashed as ukraine likens russia to nazis Arab Today, arab today sovietera statues smashed as ukraine likens russia to nazis

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape

GMT 11:11 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Russia, Iran ink economic deals

GMT 08:03 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Russia, Iran ink economic deals
Arab Today, arab today Media host gives priority to problems of people

GMT 07:00 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Media host gives priority to problems of people
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn

GMT 10:42 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn
Arab Today, arab today Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

GMT 08:39 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China

GMT 09:16 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China
Arab Today, arab today Uber grounds self-driving cars

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,27 March

Uber grounds self-driving cars
Arab Today, arab today Trump poised to roll back climate protections

GMT 09:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Trump poised to roll back climate protections

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 11:10 2017 Monday ,27 March

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 11:55 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Need ‘gymspiration?’ The top fun fitness bloggers

GMT 09:02 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Laptop ban sparks ire

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 05:17 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday