Ukrainian decommunization literally reached space. The Vice-Minister of the neighbouring country, Vyacheslav Kirilenko, offered Petro Poroshenko to postpone the Cosmonautics Day from April 12 to the next day. According to the Ukrainian official, the date of the holiday should coincide not with the first human space flight, but with the first ascent to orbit of the Ukrainian astronaut.
It is worth recalling that the first space flight of the Ukrainian Leonid Kadenyuk took place on November 16, 1997, as a payload expert on the American spaceship – the Columbia shuttle.
The initiator of the postponement, of course, is not bothered with the fact that April 12 is the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics, or the International Day of Human Spaceflight, as evidenced by the relevant UN resolution.
In addition, especially zealous advocates of everything Ukrainian will rush to check whether the cosmonaut was wearing a vyshyvanka (Ukrainian traditional clothing which contains elements of Ukrainian ethnic embroidery) under the astronaut’s spacesuit, will monitor his news feed in social networks to see if the hero of the future national holiday has reposted an article on raising housing and communal services tariffs. They also need to know more thoroughly whether representatives of special services came out to contact him during his studies at the Moscow Aviation Institute from 1985 to 1989. After all, there is something suspicious in the fact that Leonid took the Russian citizenship after the collapse of the USSR.
By the way, according to the principle of the “Ukrainian beginning” you can postpone almost all the dates of certain events. The Laughter Day, which is traditionally celebrated on April 1, must be celebrated on the day when the first Ukrainian joke was sounded. I think it happened on the day of Ukraine’s independence – on August 24. How can I not recall another, more appropriate in this case, name of the April Fool’s Day.
In fact, all this marasmus, coming from the Ukrainian temporary workers, once again proves the relevance of the eloquent expression of the great scientist Mikhail Lomonosov: “The people who do not know their past have no future.”
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy