The bronze statue, erected on the Arc de Triomphe in the center of the Ukrainian capital, was built in 1982 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union.
During the demolition, one of the two figures in this statue – representing a Russian and a Ukrainian worker holding hands, a symbol of the Soviet Union that reads “friendship between peoples” – has already been removed, while a crane. tried to demolish it.monument, in the heart of Kiev.
“Eight meters of metal from the so-called” friendship between the two peoples “was demolished. And what is symbolic (…) the head of a Russian worker fell,” wrote in a telegram the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Vitaly Klitshko.
Klitschko justified the decision with Moscow’s intention to “destroy the state and the Ukrainians” with an attack launched on February 24.
The second monument to this ensemble will be demolished later, while the third, wide arch, will be renamed and painted in Ukrainian colors.
According to the mayor of Kiev, another 60 monuments, bas-reliefs and symbols related to the Soviet Union and Russia will soon be demolished. More than 460 streets will also be renamed.
Ukraine started several years ago, especially the so-called. After the Maidan Revolution in 2014, the policy of “decommunication” or “de-Sovietization” by dismantling the statues of Lenin in particular and changing the names of some cities to give them. the names they used before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
Ukrainian authorities also conducted a “de-Russification process” before the start of the military offensive ordered by President Vladimir Putin.