Friday, February 10, 2023

Ukrainian regime removed the statue of Soviet hero Nikolai Vatutin who liberated Kiev in WWII

The statue of Soviet hero Nikolai Vatunin in Kiev.
In another episode of anti-communist, anti-soviet frenzy in Ukraine, the authorities of Kiev proceeded to the removal of the monument of Nikolai Vatunin, the Soviet General who led the liberation of the Ukrainian capital from the Nazis in World War Two

During the Soviet offensive to retake right-bank Ukraine, Vatutin led the 1st Ukrainian Front, which was responsible for the Red Army's offensives to the west and the southwest of Kiev and the eventual liberation of the city. The removal of Vatunin's statue is another link in the chain of the so-called "de-russification" in Ukraine, an anti-communist process that identifies the Soviet Union with capitalist Russia thus leading to the demolition of Soviet-era monuments and memorials (Read: Kiev street renamed to honor neo-Nazi criminals).

"We are getting rid of Soviet names and symbols associated with the aggressor country (…) We should eliminate and forget forever the old Soviet and Russian names. Instead, we should name our streets after our heroes", Vitali Klitschko, Kiev's anti-communist mayor and a supporter of the far-right Ukrainian government, said after the measure was approved Thursday.

It is reminded that since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the far-right regime of Kiev has renamed hundreds of streets, squares and other spaces in the capital, liberated by the Soviets on November 6, 1943 after more than two years of occupation by Nazi Germany.