Few St. George’s ribbons, couple of marches with Soviet songs, few clashes… Mainly without serious violations. Ukraine marked the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazism in the Second World War. Here we gathered all the information about May 9 public events in our country.
Public events in Kyiv
Kyiv started celebrating the Day of Victory with the "The first minute of Peace" action on the eve of May 9 – at 11:01 p.m. on May 8 at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War. President Petro Poroshenko had his speech.
In the morning of May 9, the head of the state together with other high officials had a solemn procession on the Alley of Glory to the tomb of the unknown soldier.
The Immortal Regiment began their march at 11:00 a.m. on May 9 holding portraits of those deceased at the WWII, anti-fascist posters and with Soviet songs. According to the Police, about 2000 people participated in the march, which is less than a year ago.
A man with a rifle was detained in that area of the demonstration. However, later it was set that the man was heading to the stage performance and his Mosin–Nagant wasn’t fit to shooting.
Another man with a bayonet was detained, and another one tried to break through the metal frames. Later it has become known that one of those detained was Serhiy Mazur, the head of the C14 nationalist organization, he had broken the barrier. He was drawn up an administrative protocol and released.
Two women with St. George ribbons were detained. One of them is Olena Berezhna, a mother of Iryna Berezhna, a former MP from the Party of Regions (Yanukovych’s party at his presidency). Olena is one of the organizers of the march of the Immortal Regiment. She was also drawn up an administrative protocol.
Another incident occurred during rallies in Kyiv – young man beaten a man born in 1954. The felon was detained.
Another man with a pepper spray ball in a bag was detained.
In total, six people were detained, all of them released later.
According to Kyiv Police, there was very little using of prohibited symbols compared with previous years, no series conflicts spotted in the city.
Public events outside Ukrainian capital
Victory Day in the regions of Ukraine: St. George ribbons, T-shirt with “USSR” inscription and brawls over the flags
A man and a woman in Odesa and one person in Zaporozhia with the St. George ribbons were detained on May 9.
In Nikopol, a case was opened against a person selling balloons with prohibited symbols.
An 80-year-old pensioner in Lviv came out for a mass event in a red T-shirt with the inscription “USSR” and communist symbols. He was also detained.
In Poltava, a man came to the Memorial of Soldier's Glory in a spiked helmet with a star. The headpiece was taken away, and the administrative protocol was drawn up. In addition, a dispute arose in the city between the participants of the march over the red colored flags without identification symbols. The conflict was resolved in the end.
In Melitopol however, people failed to avoid the fight. At first, the column of “Immortal Regiment” sang “Katyusha” song, chanted “Fascism will not pass,” and then a man with a St. George ribbon appeared at the Brotherhood Cemetery. The representatives of pro-Ukrainian organizations tried to tear the ribbon off and a fight began. The police intervened in the conflict and the man was detained.
In Zhytomyr, the clashes happened over the blue flag with the inscription “To Moscow!”, which some people tried to set on the tank - a monument in honor of the 20th anniversary of the victory over fascism in World War II. Law enforcers did not allow this and later the participants of the mass rallies joined with this flag to the solemn procession. The unknown person tried to take away the flag and the brawl occurred. After police intervention, the situation was resolved.
In Dnipro city, people tried to lay a wreath in the shape of a star to the tank. The police did not allow the “Union of Soviet Officers” to do this, so a brawl began, which was later joined by the pensioners with flowers: an aggressive crowd swore at the patrol officers and helped the “Soviet Officers” carry a wreath to the tank.
Three Soviet symbols lovers were detained in Odesa as well. One man attached a Soviet flag with the inscription "To Berlin!" on his BMW car. Two more people set the red flags on their houses.
Also, according to the local media, a participant in the "Immortal Regiment" rally was detained for glorifying Putin. Among the chants there were such as: “Donbas, we are with you,” “Odesa is a hero city,” “Odesa is a Russian city,” and even “Glory to President Putin.” It was also noted that one of the protesters used a gas canister against his opponent. He was detained.
Politicians also took a hit on this day. In the morning, representatives of one of the nationalist organizations poured brilliant green and sewage on the head of Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Center for Science and Culture) Konstantin Vorobyov, who was going to “Immortal Regiment” march.
At the same rally, but in Mykolaiv, a deputy of the regional council Mykola Kravchenko was splashed with kefir. The culprit - a local Svoboda Party member Volodymyr Hubsky was detained and then released.