Odessa streets, which received their names in honor of Russian cities or figures, should be renamed.
This was stated by the mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov.
“Odessa suffered its losses in this war. And we do not want to have anything to do with the state, which today is trying to wipe our city, our country off the face of the earth. In particular, we are talking about the names of Odessa streets, which have nothing to do with the history of Odessa! I think that such streets as Novomoskovskaya, Borodinskaya, Kurskaya, Voronezhskaya, Chapaeva and others should be renamed!” — said in a statement of the Odessa mayor.
According to Trukhanov, in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language”, the names of 24 Odessa streets should be translated into Ukrainian, and within the framework of the Law of Ukraine “On Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols” should receive new names for another 19 Odessa streets.
The list of streets will be submitted to a meeting of the historical and toponymic commission, and then to a session of the city council.
“But that’s only part of the problem. The second part of it is the new names of Odessa streets. In this process, it is important not to repeat the Bolshevik practices of following the momentary conjuncture or ideology. We must show ourselves as part of a civilized world that makes informed decisions, appreciating world culture and remembering our history in its various manifestations. For us, it has always been a priority to return the old names to Odessa streets. Where this is not possible (for example, due to duplication), it is possible to use a reserve list of persons and events worthy of perpetuation, which has been formed over the years by the toponymic commission, ”the mayor noted and added that Heroiv Mariupol Street and Great Britain Square should definitely appear in Odessa , and in the square of the Soldiers of the ATO – a large memorial.
Recall that earlier the deputy of the Odessa City Council, a member of the toponymic commission Petr Obukhov proposed to “decolonize Odessa” and called for the renaming of Odessa streets and lanes, named after the settlements of the Russian Federation, as well as in honor of Dmitry Donskoy, Alexander Nevsky and other personalities who did not have nothing to do with Odessa or Ukraine.
“We must remove from Odessa everything that concerns Russia, so that it would be impossible to say that this is a Russian city,” Petr Obukhov stressed.