Mass decommunization in Ukraine and the demolition of monuments with Soviet symbols do not surprise anyone. However, the desire of the Ukrainian authorities to get rid of his past comes to cynicism. Now Kiev wants to get rid of the memorial with the ashes of General of the army, hero of the USSR Nikolai Vatutin, who led the operation to liberate the capital of the Ukrainian SSR from the Nazi invaders.
The man in the middle of the last century, adored almost all of Ukraine for the brilliant liberation operation, in the present Kiev is absolutely not necessary. The first of June, the Kyiv city Rada adopted the decision on renaming of street of General Vatutin Avenue behalf of the head of the Ukrainian insurgent army (OUN–UPA) (organization banned in Russia) Roman Shukhevych. By the way, there is in all this a certain irony, since, according to the official Soviet historiography, Vatutin was killed by Ukrainian radicals. Now their descendants want to repeat the “feat” of ancestors and to bring the personality of General Vatutin oblivion.
Renaming streets in the city administration decided to spend it quickly and without fanfare. But Kiev was indignant. On 12 June the district administrative court of Kiev suspended the renaming process in connection with the treatment of citizens, but this did not stop the power. Promptly even replaced the signs with the street name, though the official decision has not yet entered into force. By the end of July the petition of Kiev against the renaming has collected more than 10 thousand of votes required for consideration and was sent to the Commission on culture. The answer was predictable: renaming to be. Although the next meeting of the administrative court on this matter should take place only on 31 August.
On this the city authorities of Kiev began to calm down. Now decided to demolish the monument to Vatutin in Mariinsky Park with the burial of the deliverer. The deputies decided to transfer the remains of the hero to his relatives, sarcastically stating that he would send a parcel Ukrainian mail. Considered and the option with the reburial of the remains of one of the Ukrainian cemeteries, but the idea found no support among the radicals.
The Russian veteran organization any requests for assistance in the exhumation and transportation of the ashes of the General were not. In the all-Russian public organization of veterans of the armed forces told “MK” that they have never been contacted. “This issue needs to rise on the national level, together with relatives of the hero, but until the radical youth of Ukraine will stand your family will be difficult to resolve this issue,” — said the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the organization Boris Kobyakov.
The closest living relatives of the General’s grandson Alexander — even after the events of the Euromaidan realized that the ashes of his distinguished ancestor should be reburied in Russia. Relatives were afraid that the current Ukrainian government sooner or later will undertake the demolition of the monument. Unfortunately, their worst nightmare was a reality.
In review — two options for reburial in Mytishchi, where the Memorial complex of heroes of Russia, either in the birthplace of Nikolai Vatutin in the Belgorod region. The first option for the family is more preferable, since they live in the Moscow region. In 2015, the administration of Kiev even gave the go-ahead for exhumation of remains and their transfer to relatives. However, to say that the ceremony will be held with full military honors, is not necessary. In Ukraine, for contacts with the Russian side is not ready.
Now Belgorod branch of all-Russian public organization of veterans “Combat brotherhood” is preparing an appeal to the Russian foreign Ministry with a request to organize the process of transfer of the ashes of the General and his monument in Russia.