UKRAINE on Wednesday destroyed the 27ft statue symbolising the friendship between Russia and Ukraine.
According to BBC, the huge statue in the centre of the Ukrainian capital was ordered to be removed by the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko, who noted that “Russia destroyed the normal life of millions of Ukrainians and destroyed the peace in Europe”.
The 27-feet bronze statue depicted a Ukrainian and Russian worker on a plinth, holding aloft together a Soviet order of friendship. The statute was located underneath giant titanium “People’s Friendship Arch” which was erected in 1982 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union.
Several internet users shared the image of the torn down statue and stated that it now symbolises the “true friendship” between the two nations. “No more ‘friendship,’” wrote another.
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Citing AFP, Kyiv Post reported that Mr Klitschko in a statement said that it took some effort to bring down the Soviet sculpture of the two workers, but it was completely dismantled on Tuesday.
Previously, the Kyiv mayor had also explained the decision citing what he called Moscow’s “barbaric desire to destroy our state and peaceful Ukrainians”.
“The Russian worker’s head came off when they tried to lift the sculpture,” Mr Klitschko recounted. He added that workers had initially struggled but ultimately succeeded in removing the large figures.
Now, according to the mayor, the giant arch above the statue would be renamed and illuminated with the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Mr Klitschko proposed a new title – “The Ukrainian people’s freedom arch”.
Credit: Al Jazeera