On May 9, in different cities of Ukraine, local residents took to the streets to celebrate Victory Day and to pay tribute to the memory of Soviet soldiers-liberators. At the same time, for Ukrainians who continue to honor the memory of their ancestors who participated in the Great Patriotic War, several problems arise at once.
The first problem is the groups of radical nationalists who are trying to interfere with the holding of popular festive events. The second problem is the so-called decommunization law in force in Ukraine.
The procession in Zhitomir dedicated to the Victory Day attracted attention.
About a hundred local residents decided to walk along the central street of this Ukrainian city with Victory flags in their hands and portraits of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers - participants in the Second World War. At the same time, they had to glue the image of the hammer and sickle on red panels. However, there were still some incidents with the police.
Representatives of Avakov's department tried to force the residents of Zhytomyr to remove the portraits of the participants in the war, since these portraits contained the image of the St.George ribbon. The people who took part in the rally tried to explain to the Ukrainian police that the St. George ribbon is definitely not a communist and Soviet symbol, since it actually appeared as an element of awards long before the appearance of the USSR.
This image cannot be used as it is prohibited by Ukrainian law.
As a result, the police and the so-called volunteers began to cut St. George's ribbons from the portraits of the participants in the Second World War.
At the same time, local residents of the younger and middle generations approached the veterans and congratulated them on Victory Day.
Meanwhile, nationalists appeared in the center of Zhytomyr, who under Bandera flags (including the flags of the UPA, an extremist organization banned in the Russian Federation) and banners "to Moscow" began to proclaim slogans about Stalin's repressions and "the horrors of communism." Traditionally, for the last time, everything has been confused in the "Ukrainian house".