Robert van Voren, Feb. 23, 2014
Watching the news programs in The Netherlands during a short stopover I am amazed at the low quality. Not only is a lot of the news old, lagging considerably behind the changed reality, it is also limited both in depth and in scope. A few days ago, while a battle raged in Kyiv and some one hundred activists had been shot dead, the Dutch radio canceled a radio interview with me “from the front” because of “more important news”: the country had won a gold medal in Sochi. And not the first! No, it was the 19th or 20th, but still this was considered more important than the war right on the doorstep of the European Union. Continue reading
A total of 180 Lenin monuments were demolished between February 20 and 25, which is more than the number of demolitions during the whole period of independence.
Infolight.org.ua created an interactive map showing the chronology and geography of the demolition of 206 Lenin monuments. Overall, there are 114 cities, 51 townships, and 41 villages that have experienced the “Leninfall” from December 8, 2013 to February 25, 2014. The oblasts that witnessed the largest number of demolished monuments in their local communities include Khmelnytsky (35), Cherkasy (20), Poltava (19), Vinnytsia (18), Kyiv (18), Zhytomyr (16), and Chernihiv (16) oblasts. Ukraine’s historical record high was set on February 22, when a total of 89 Lenin monuments were brought down. Derazhniansky district in Khmelnytska oblast has been the absolute leader in the total number of demolished Lenin monuments (13).
Several Lenin monuments were damaged in Odesa oblast this weekend.
A monument to Lenin was destroyed on Saturday morning in the town of Savran. Another one was torn down in the town of Liubashovka. The following morning, a bust of Lenin was destroyed in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi.
On Sunday, [in the Museum of totalitarian sculpture] in Odesa’s Lenin Komsomol park, one Lenin monument was covered with red paint and another decapitated.
“This is vandalism. They could have taken down and damaged all thirty-seven monuments of Odesa oblast, having no idea what communists did for the region,” said the leader of the local Communist organization. Continue reading
In Simferopol, the participants of all-Crimean protest, organized by the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar People, have expressed their absolute support of decisions taken by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on February 21 and 22. This is being reported by Interfax.
The protest participants have criticized Yanukovych’s regime, which is “to blame for the murder of dozens of Ukrainian citizens, who advocated democracy and human rights in Ukraine.”
More than 5,000 people have participated in the action. They have been holding numerous Crimean Tatar national flags, flags of Ukraine and the European Union, with mourning ribbons and slogans. Continue reading
Friday, 21 February 2014, 3.57 pm; Photo and video added at 12.40 pm
On the night of 21 February, on Soborna Square in downtown Zhytomyr, Right Sector activists and regular townsfolk toppled a monument to Lenin.
The attack on the monument started after 10 p.m. First, they threw Molotov cocktails and poured gasoline over it. Continue reading