09:20 May. 5, 2016
Ukrainian border guards commemorate Kyiv efforts in WWII
The pedestal for the hero city of Kyiv at the Unknown Soldier memorial in Moscow's Alexandrovski Garden is now decorated with flowers. The Ukrainian Embassy took over the situation, laying yellow and blue flowers at the monument to Kyiv near the Kremlin, with two border guards from the embassy staff put as honorary guards on the Red Square near the Kremlin wall where the monument is located, according to the Ukrainian Border Guard Service spokesman Oleh Slobodian.
"In Russia, they ‘forgot' to put flowers at the memorial to the Hero City of Kyiv near the Kremlin wall. This "forgetfulness" was fixed by the Embassy of Ukraine in Russia. Now there are yellow and blue flowers on the Red Square as well as the Ukrainian border guards as an honor guard. Twice as nice to see such picture..." wrote Slobodian on his Facebook account.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, the pedestal for the city of Kyiv at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow was the only one to remain without traditional flower bouquet from Russian authorities. Some people brought flowers and laid them near the Kyiv monument, though in a while bouquets disappeared.
After the picture having been uploaded on Facebook the numerous users expressed their resentment towards Kremlin officials. Ukraine, Internet users claim, is supposedly "punished", since the country's official foreign policy does not meet Russia's interests.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial, dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II. It was built in 1966, the pedestal alley features capsules with earth brought from hero cities, among them Ukrainian Kyiv, Odesa, Kerch, and Sevastopil.