“There was a lot of tension around the events of May 2 in Odesa, but I guess that the joint staff co-organized by the police, the National Guard and the Security Service worked as a clock. Thus, none of the provocations that were planned on that day actually took place. I hope the law enforcers will prevent any sort of provocations on May 9 as well”, Olexandr Turchynov said.
According to him, Ukraine should be ready for any provocations at any time, not just during holidays.
May 9 is the old Soviet holiday, often referred to as the Victory Day. It is still marked in many countries of the former Soviet Union. However, Ukraine is currently abandoning the Soviet heritage; in frameworks of de-communization, Ukrainians celebrate May 8 - the day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. It is also the day when the Second World War in Europe officially came to its end.