Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offers to rename Ivana Kudri street in Kyiv to John McCain street. Presidential representative in the Parliament Iryna Lutsenko said this during the conciliatory council on September 3.
'The President returned from the U.S., where he paid tribute to the great friend of Ukraine, Senator John McCain. So the president of Ukraine asks the parliamentary factions to support his appeal to Kyiv city hall, in which he offers to rename Ivan Kudrya street (...) after Senator John McCain', Iryna Lutsenko stated.
Petro Poroshenko's Bloc fully supported the initiative. Head of the parliamentary faction Artur Herasymov said this during the break in the Monday session. 'Our faction fully supports the initiative of the president of Ukraine on the re-naming of Ivana Kudri street in Kyiv, and naming it after John McCain. One would find it very difficult to find a more committed and loyal friend of Ukraine. Many Ukrainian politicians do not go to the frontline, and John McCain joined Ukrainian Marines on the New Year's Eve - despite all the shooting', Herasymov said.
Ivana Kudri street links Lybidska metro station and Lesya Ukrainka Boulevard in Kyiv.
Ivan Kudrya was the Soviet saboteur who fought the Nazis in WWII. His real name and activities were classified by the Soviet secret services until the 1960s. Due to his positive image created and spread in the USSR, streets and institutions were named after him in Ukraine.
John McCain, the prominent U.S. politician, Arizona's Senator from the Republican Party and the hero of Vietnam War deceased after a long and exhausting fight with cancer. He heavily criticized the authoritarian regimes and immensely supported Ukraine in the fight against Russian proxies in Donbas.