#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on peculiarities of preparations for celebration of Victory Day in Ukraine
On the eve of May 9, Ukrainian media reported police drills, the demolition of monuments to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, and also announced the organization of the column of the “immortal” division of the SS.
What is happening resembles a surreal nightmare. Throughout Ukraine, regional offices of the National Police are conducting exercises to prevent riots on the Victory Day. Unfortunately, such forethought does not seem superfluous.
Although in Kiev on May 9, only one event was officially registered, namely the March of the Immortal Regiment, but the leader of the Ukrainian party “Brotherhood” Korchinsky said that they would tale the ‘immortal’ SS division to the streets of the capital.
In addition, the action, designed to thwart the “Immortal Regiment”, was also announced by the movement “Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists” (OUN). They intend to patrol the streets of the capital of Ukraine to prevent the march.
Nationalists also do not lag behind in the demolition of monuments. Literally on the night of May 5-6, an attempt was made to destroy the monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov in Kharkov. The monument was hastily restored in record time (less than a day), but this does not cancel the fact of vandalism.
Also a week ago, a monument to Soviet General Nikolai Vatutin was destroyed in Kamenka, one of the villages in the Sumy region. A local nationalist organization “Svitanok” informs about this event in offensive language: “Vatutin got drunk and ran away… We are waiting for others to run away too.” Who exactly committed an act of vandalism in the village, I think, is understandable.
Separately it is worth mentioning such a peculiarity of the ‘preparation’ for the holiday in Ukraine as propaganda in the media. A few months before May 9, information appeared about the gag orders sent to the Ukrainian media by the SBU, which provided recommendations on the coverage of this memorable date. It is not known whether the SBU issued such orders, but we can look at the publication of Ukrainian tabloids and TV programs on the Day of Victory. The most restrained published carbon copy materials about why in Europe the holiday is celebrated on May 8, and not on the 9th. The Ukrainians were explained in detail that the Soviet Union also did not celebrate the Victory Day straight on May 9 after the Victory. Of course, there is an offensive on the St. George ribbon. And all these publications are endless.
But the most rabid went further: “During the Second World War, one totalitarianism replaced another, and now Russia continues to exploit expansionist policy, which it tries to use through references to the ‘Great Patriotic War’,” one Ukrainian media writes.
However, publications in the media – that’s not all. The official position of the state in the issue of celebrating the Victory Day is way more interesting. So, firstly, May 8 was approved as the date of the official holiday – Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Secondly, the Victory Day is now referred to as the victory over Nazism in World War II. The main festive events with the participation of the president will be held on the 8th in Ukraine, and on May 9, Poroshenko, as reported by his press service, will fly… to Germany on a working visit. Comments, as they say, are needless.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy