Alarming trend in Ukraine: Historic monuments toppled, Nazi symbols spread (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
After a fortnight of violent clashes in the name of democracy, Ukraine seems to be falling into a totally different trend. Symbols of victories over Hitler and Napoleon are being torn down, while those glorifying Nazi rule are multiplying.
It started with dozens of Lenin statues getting torn down across the country, but quickly moved onto passionate salutes and questionable symbolism creeping up walls across the country.
— BRoMan (@KushRoMan) February 23, 2014
While the world's attention is focused on Kiev's Independence Square, heavy machinery moves in against one monument in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
The next demolition is of the statue of the 'Soviet Soldier' in the town of Stryi, in the Lvov Region - despite thousands of Ukrainian soldiers having died there, protecting their motherland from the Nazi occupation.
It was erected in 1965 as a companion piece to two other objects: an obelisk with WWII engravings and the Eternal Flame over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The toppling craze reaches even the legendary Russian commander, who fought Napoleon, Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov. His victory must have obstructed earlier chances of EU integration, so the Western city of Brody did away with the monument.
It remains to be seen what will replace the Soviet star that adorned the Ukrainian parliament building for the better part of a century.
Exit Communism. Enter Nazism?
— Dmitry Vinokurov (@Gim6626) February 22, 2014
Nationalists’ symbols seen on many "soldiers of the revolution" as well as numerous walls across Kiev. The Neo-Nazi Wolfsangel, a sign used by several divisions of the SS during World War, can be easily spotted.
The reversed horizontal Wolfsangel is an official symbol of Ukraine's Right Sector, which has been one of the most active forces in Ukraine's recent unrest.
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— Кумкин Олег (@Sham5555588) January 20, 2014