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#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on why Ukraine wants to abolish spring and Victory Day

The Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Vladimir Vyatrovich proposed to make changes to the public holidays calendar. March 8 may become a day of struggle for women’s rights without the status of holiday. Even more significant changes may affect the celebration of Victory Day – the holiday is planned to be moved from the 9th of May to the 8th, and its name will have a very different meaning.

May 1 will be Labour Day and will preserve the status of holiday. It is proposed to remove the word “May” from Labour and May Day holiday as well as to cancel the second day of celebration.

The proposal was made as a continuation of the ‘Decommunization’ programme, about which Vyatrovich spoke quite openly. The bill was applied for approval by the Cabinet of Ministers, but it received comments from the Ministry of Culture. It is unlikely that they will be substantive, because this government entity is known for its odious russophobic actions.

The Minister of Information Policy Yuri Stets earlier supported the initiative of Vyatrovich to cancel the holidays on March 8 and May 9, as it was reported by the press at the beginning of this year.

That is, the population was prepared to such decisions by infrequent references not debates!) in the media.

There has been talk about substitution of Victory Day with Remembrance Day for years in Ukraine. Now, it seems that the time has come to move beyond words to deeds and the list of innovations was suggested, believing that disputes will scatter over all the changes. Is there nothing to discuss? For example, Ukraine will equalize women in the ‘holiday rights’ with men, and March 8 will be a working day.

And not everyone will understand that the victorious people are being deprived of victorious spirit: at first glance, the proposal is ‘right’ — to honour millions of fallen!

Originally, Donbass did not accept such substitution of notions. The Great Victory as well as the price paid for it is sacred for us.

Let us hope that the use of Overton window technology will not overshadow the views of the inhabitants of Ukraine. The isolation from roots and traditions is costly, it is impossible to rely on emptiness.

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

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