Nothing Sacred: Ukrainian Nationalists Pledge to Destroy Babi Yar Monuments

© Sputnik / Stringer / Go to the photo bankFlowers at the foot of the Babiy Yar memorial on the International Day of Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camp Inmates.
Flowers at the foot of the Babiy Yar memorial on the International Day of Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camp Inmates. - Sputnik International
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Even the memory of their own grandparents, massacred by Nazis, lost any significance for Ukrainian nationalists. The victims do not deserve the right to be remembered and should be wiped out from history because they lived in the Soviet period, the nationalists concluded.

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Ukrainian nationalists decided to demolish monuments to the victims of the Babi Yar WWII massacre, Ukrainian newspaper Vesti reported Monday.

Petro Poroshenko's decree on "de-communization" of Ukraine and recognition of Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters gave a go-ahead to radicals who want to erase all monuments and symbols of the past with hammers and crow-bars. 

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On Saturday, a group of school students aged between 14 and 18 vandalized a memorial plaque to Georgy Zhukov, the Soviet commander who participated in liberating Ukraine and conquered Berlin. Police let them walk free.

This time, three nationalistic organizations "Fashion Verdict", "Radical Youth" and "Kiev Division" declared war on the Monument to the Fallen Warriors, The Eternal Flame, The Monument of Military Glory and others.

The radicals promised to vandalize the Babi Yar monuments. Babi Yar is one of the most terrible pages in World War II history. Nazi troops and their collaborators massacred more than 100,000 captive Jews, Roma, Ukrainians, Russians and others in the Babi Yar ravine in Kiev between 1941 and 1943, until when Soviet troops stopped them.

© Sputnik / RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankReproduction of the photo depicting Babi Yar ravine, the place where 100,000 Soviets people were executed.
Reproduction of the photo depicting Babi Yar ravine, the place where 100,000 Soviets people were executed. - Sputnik International
Reproduction of the photo depicting Babi Yar ravine, the place where 100,000 Soviets people were executed.

There are several monuments to the victims.

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Vasilenko / Go to the photo bankPeople lay flowers at the monument at the Babi Yar national historical and memorial park during a commemorative rally.
People lay flowers at the monument at the Babi Yar national historical and memorial park during a commemorative rally. - Sputnik International
People lay flowers at the monument at the Babi Yar national historical and memorial park during a commemorative rally.

 

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