A monument of Soviet times. made in the Kyiv to symbolize the friendship between Russia and Ukraine According to the city’s mayor, the overthrow was carried out on Tuesday (26) in response to the Russian invasion of the neighboring country.
The statue depicts a Ukrainian and a Russian activist on a pedestal, simultaneously holding the Soviet Order of Friendship. The statue was located under the “People’s Friendship Arch” in 1982 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union.
Ukraine-Russia friendship statue removed from Kyiv
“The monument … is a symbol of friendship between the Ukrainian and Russian nations. Now we see what this ‘friendship’ is all about: the destruction of Ukrainian cities, the ruin of Ukrainian lives, the killing of thousands of peaceful people. I believe this The memorial now has a completely different meaning,” said the mayor of KyivVitaly Klitschko.
The arch above the image will remain in place, but will no longer be called the “Arch of the Friendship of the People” and will receive the colors of the Ukrainian flag (blue and yellow). There is no indication yet as to what the new nomenclature will be.
A Soviet monument to the friendship between the Ukrainian and Russian nations is seen after its demolition (Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters)