On the eve of Mother’s Day in Poltava was visited by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Not in order to greet inhabitants of Gogol’s Edge. A key event in the Saturday chart Pyotr Alekseevich pained by the scandal. Whether a joke: in the city, located near the epic battles of the eighteenth century between the Russian soldiers and the Swedish conquerors, set out to open a monument to the ally of Charles the Twelfth – Hetman Ivan Mazepa!
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
The local population, a generation which brought on a deep veneration of the heroes of the battle of Poltava in 1709, met the idea of perpetuating Mazepa, at best, wary.
At night on may 4, unknown persons attempted to undermine the future monument. The police of the regional center learned of the damage only towards the evening.
According to the head of communications Chief Directorate National police of Ukraine in Poltava region Yuri Sulaeva, the attackers used to “sabotage” military explosives.
The area around the monument is carefully examined. Unknown suddenly came to mind to lay a couple more “surprises”! After which the servicemen were ordered not to take your eyes off of the monument around the clock! Around works of art at the same time set up some security cameras. In fact “ideological Subversion” opened criminal proceedings under part 2 of article 194 UK of Ukraine (“deliberate destruction or damage of property committed by means of explosion”) and part 1 of article 263 UK (“Carrying, storage, acquisition, production, repair, transfer or sale of ammunition, explosives or explosive devices without a permit”).
Citizens who have information about the demolition, has asked for the reward thereof to share. Wish it was not, however, the opening of the monument decided not to transfer.
In the morning in the city began to deliver the extras: state employees and school children from the districts. Judging by the stencils on vehicles lined up at the theater on elm street, most buses were withdrawn from regular service. By the same parties “historic event” for an unplanned trip to Poltava no compensation paid.
Petro Poroshenko appeared at the Cathedral square with a slight delay, at about 14.20. Some middle-aged lady from the crowd that it was force shouted: “Shame! Stop the war!”.
Rain, meanwhile, increased. After listening to the national anthem, the initiative was assumed by the distinguished guest from Kiev. Poroshenko did not fail to remember about trying to destroy the monument before it was even opened. The President praised the work of the architect Viktor Shevchenko and sculptor Mykola Bilyk, saying, “Ukrainian national hero” turned out much prettier than 10 UAH bills.
For the uninitiated I will explain: on the Bank notes caused the image… another person that resembles the worst enemy of Peter the Great. However, the “higher permission” of then-President Leonid Kuchma’s portrait decided not to change…
Of those present at the event the Church hierarchy, the word was given to Philaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate. The Patriarch stated: Poltava a monument to Hetman – the first in Ukraine. “Then he called one of the leaders in the Russian Federation “an aggressor”.
In the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate who wished to participate in the unveiling of the once anathematized “the perjurer” was not found.
Celebrate the opening of unique sculptural image provided Filaret and Poroshenko. The latter, drawing Parallels with Peter, stressed the radical difference in the Outlook of utterly quarreling warlords: when the Russian Tsar just chopped for the Empire window to Europe – Ukraine were already going to Europe through the door.
Mazepa, according to Petro Poroshenko, is “a real symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russia, the banner of our movement towards independence”. Compatriots, the head of state wished tirelessly to build its Pantheon of heroes. Their Ukrainians, Poroshenko, very much. Specifics the President has not offered.
After the departure of the presidential motorcade to the monument lined up a fair size wanting to take a picture. Perhaps Poltava guess: no round-the-clock police “custody” (similar organized in Odessa, near the monument to Catherine II) old-new symbol of Ukraine destined to a short life…Related posts: