Briefing in the Media Center Ukraine-Lviv
May 18, 2023, 16:33

Lviv and Zakarpattia regions lead in the fight against decommunization

Vinnytsia region is the slowest to get rid of the Soviet past. Vadym Pozdniakov, head of the NGO “Decolonization. Ukraine”, announced this at a briefing in the Media Center Ukraine-Lviv.

It is planned to completely clear the settlements of the Lviv region of the monuments of the totalitarian regime by the end of 2023. Since the beginning of the year, 36 Soviet monuments have been dismantled in the region. More than 200 objects are still waiting for their turn, said Anna Herych, secretary of the working group on decommunization at the Lviv Regional Military Administration.

Some of the dismantled monuments that have artistic value go to a museum. The fate of the rest is up to the community. Most communist monuments are in disrepair. Therefore, their remains can be reused to strengthen the roadway, says the NGO “Decolonization. Ukraine”.

“Lviv region has an important task to show the neighbouring regions an example of successful completion of decommunization. We see that these processes are not progressing as well as we would like. Almost 300 monuments to Soviet soldiers still stand in the Ternopil region. Many monuments with hammers and sickles, stars, and inscriptions “to those who died at the hands of Ukrainian bourgeois nationalists” are in the Volyn and Rivne regions”, says Vadym Pozdniakov, head of the NGO “Decolonization. Ukraine”.

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