Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
Maria and Galina, two sisters who discovered the Great Patriotic War in Kiev at a school age went to the monument to the Unknown soldier on Lavrskaya Street with a portrait of a Georgy Zhukov, reports the correspondent of the Federal News Agency (FAN).
One of the women, Maria, told the correspondent of the FAN how the two 80-year-old women were attacked there by Ukrainian neo-Nazis.
“These thickheads at first didn’t allow us to pass here, to the Eternal flame. Then they said – we will give you 15 seconds, and then it will be worse. And then they grabbed this portrait of the marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov and threw it in the Eternal flame. I told them that they are thugs, and pulled the portrait from the fire. Only the frame was burnt, the portrait itself we safeguarded, and here it is again in front of you,” said Maria.
The brave sisters wear all the medals and awards of their perished relatives, and stood near the memorial to the Unknown soldier, which hasn’t yet been destroyed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The sisters also showed to the correspondent of FAN St. George’s Ribbons, which were forbidden in Ukraine as a symbol of the fight against fascism.
“We aren’t afraid. Our mothers and fathers already won against fascists once. And we will win again,” assures the women.
They said that they restore monuments that are being destroyed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis, and also restore crosses on graves of fallen soldiers. In addition, these women told details about their life under fascists. Thus, in particular, they in detail described how Ukrainian nationalists killed communists, Jews, and captured Red Army soldiers.
It is noteworthy that in general Kiev now practically don’t celebrate the victory over fascism – neither in its Russian version as a victory in the Great Patriotic War, neither in an all-European sense as a victory in World War II. As the correspondent of FAN reports, all the energy of the Kiev authorities is directed towards a demonstration of achievements in the organization of the competition “Eurovision-2017”.
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