17:47 May. 20, 2016
Ukraine takes yet another step towards shedding communist past
The titanium rainbow-shaped "Friendship of Nations Arch" dedicated to the anniversary of the U.S.S.R. will soon be dismantled, according to the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyshchuk.
Speculations swirl around the potential replacement for the arch, however, most common proposal is a monument dedicated to the ATO heroes (soldiers who died in the war in eastern Ukraine)
‘In any case, the "Friendship Arch" should be demolished. We are discussing it right now,' Nyshchuk said.
Previously, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law which would see hundreds of villages and towns renamed. The work to dismantle the communist symbols and statues including those of the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin has already begun in many areas across Ukraine.
"The Friendship of Nations Arch" opened in 1982 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the USSR and the celebration of the 1,500th anniversary of the Kyiv city.