Russia outraged at demolition of Soviet monument in Lviv
The monument of Glory in the Ukrainian city was completely dismantled on July 23, by the decision of the city council
Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded to the dismantling of the Monument of Glory in Lviv. The diplomatic office called this step “an act of state vandalism”. Aleksandr Bikantov, a senior official in the Russian Foreign Ministry said that as cited by the authority’s press office.
The Russian side condemned the actions of Lviv city council, which made the respective decision and urged the Ukrainian government to “live up to commitments in terms of protection of monuments, according to Ukraine’s national legal framework and international agreements – including the Agreement on perpetuation of memory of courage and heroism of the peoples of CIS member states that participated in the Soviet-Nazi war of 1941-1945”.Related: Ukrainian lawmakers support bill on de-Sovietization of legislation of Ukraine
The monument of Glory in the Ukrainian city was completely dismantled on July 23, by the decision of the city council. The last two statues from the monument were taken to the museum called “Territory of Terror”, which tells its visitors the story of the Soviet occupation of Western Ukraine.
The Soviet monument will be replaced by the square of memory of Heroes of Ukraine.