“Svoboda” Fears the Creation of the Odessa People’s Republic

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” Odessa regional organization demanded from the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to initiate the dissolution of the Odessa regional council because of an attempt to disrupt the process of decommunization in the region.

This was stated on the official page of the organization on the social network Facebook.

“Deputies of the Odessa regional council decided to appeal to the president of Ukraine to return the names of the streets of Odessa that they carried before being renamed by the chairman of Regional State Administration in May, 2016. The Odessa Regional Council demands to remove from the maps of the city streets named in honor of the defenders of Ukraine who heroically died in the East,” representatives of “Svoboda” wrote.

As a reminder, during the regional council session on October 20th deputies decided to appeal to the president of Ukraine to cancel the order of the governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili concerning the renaming of streets according to the law on decommunization. The representative of the “oppositional bloc” Viktor Baransky was the initiator of this address. He was supported by 52 deputies of the Odessa Regional Council, including the chairman of regional council Anatoly Urbansky.

“The decision of the Odessa Regional Council made the first step towards separatism, and the synchronism and coordination of a vote for an anti-state decision, showed that in the future there is a danger that also synchronously and harmoniously these deputies can vote for the creation of the Odessa People’s Republic as it was done in Donbass. The further work of deputies, who during war demanded the cancellation of Ukrainian names, is impossible, and we demand the dissolution of the operating convocation of the Odessa Regional Council,” summarized the organization.

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