Statue depicting friendship between Ukraine and Russia toppled

The bronze statue installed in the Arch of Friendship of Peoples, in the center of the Ukrainian capital, was built in 1982 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union.

In the process of demolition, the head of one of the two figures in this statue – which represents a Russian worker and a Ukrainian worker holding hands, a Soviet symbol with the inscription “friendship between peoples” – has already been removed, while a crane tried to dismantle it. the monument, in the heart of Kiev.

“Eight meters of metal of the so-called ‘friendship of the two peoples’ dismantled. And what is symbolic (…) the head of the Russian worker fell”, wrote in the Telegram Vitali Klitschko, mayor of the Ukrainian capital.

Klitschko justified the decision by Moscow’s intention to “destroy the state and the Ukrainians” with the invasion triggered on February 24.

Another monument from this ensemble will be dismantled at a later date, while the third, a wide arch, will be renamed and painted in Ukrainian colours.

According to the mayor of Kiev, another 60 monuments, bas-reliefs and symbols associated with the USSR and Russia will soon be dismantled. More than 460 streets will also be renamed.

Ukraine began several years ago, in particular after the so-called Maidan Revolution in 2014, a policy of “decommunization”, or “de-Sovietization”, by dismantling in particular the statues of Lenin 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 a process of “de-Russification”, prior to the beginning of the military invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin.

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