what’s in a name Ukraine plans to rename roads connected with Russia

April 27 (Reuters) – A number of Ukrainian cities are planning to rename streets and squares associated with Russia as part of a process of “derussification” following Moscow’s invasion.

A day after the dismantling of a huge Soviet-era monument in Kyiv meant to symbolize friendship between Russia and Ukraine, the city council said on Wednesday it had compiled a list of 467 places that could be considered for renaming. Continue reading

These included a central square named after the 19th-century writer Leo Tolstoy and a street called Russia’s Lake Baikal. Also on the list was a street named after Minsk, the capital of close Russian ally Belarus.

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Since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, some cities have had their names changed to erase the legacy of hated Soviet officials. Some officials now want to remove the names of Russian authors, poets and mountain ranges.

Ihor Terekhov, mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, said Wednesday that once the war with Russia is over, he will submit a bill to his city council to rename places with Russian-related names.

“Even without these names there will be too many scars that will long remind us of what neighbor is beyond our eastern and northern borders,” he wrote on the messaging app Telegram.

Cities in northern Ukraine have started renaming streets after army units that defended them.

At the proposal of the governor of Chernihiv region, streets or squares in the capital of the region would be renamed after the 1st Independent Tank Brigade.

Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko warned last week against blanket removal of anything related to Russia.

Citing Ukrainian-born Russian writer Nikolai Gogol as an example, he said some “characters … belong to the global treasury of (cultural) heritage”.

Moscow is calling its military action a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and defeat the fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist charge is unfounded and the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

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Reporting by Max Hunder, Editor of Timothy Heritage

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