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District court in Ternopol returns V-Day holiday to this west Ukrainian city

April 14, 2012, 15:21 UTC+3

Nationalists in Lvov turned the celebration of the V-Day into a fist-fighting a year ago

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LVOV, April 14 (Itar-Tass) — The District Administrative Court in Ternopol ruled to return the V-Day holiday to this western Ukrainian city. “Thus, the Ternopol prosecutor’s demands were met,” reported on Saturday his deputy Galina Zarivna.

According to the prosecutor’s deputy, the city council approved last year a comprehensive programme for cultural development in 2012-2015 where a decision was prescribed to mark the Day of Memory of the Fallen in the Second World War instead of the V-Day.

“But not a single Ukrainian law contains such a definition of a state holiday. Therefore, the prosecutor demanded dumping this decision and bringing it in compliance with operating legislation.” City councilors turned down the prosecutor’s protest, which served as a reason for a law suit.

“Councilors surpassed their powers, violating requirements of several articles of the Constitution and laws on local self-rule,” the suit said. The Ternopol District Administrative Court ruled as illegitimate a decision by the city council members, the majority of whom represent the radical nationalist organization Svoboda (Freedom).

Nationalists in Lvov turned the celebration of the V-Day into a fist-fighting a year ago. Members of ultra-right organizations, including the head of the Ternopol legislative assembly, fenced off burial places of Soviet liberator soldiers, tore away St. George ribbons from war veterans who came to graves, uprooted and trampled underfoot flowers, hurling smoke-boxes and stones at visitors.

Nationalists wrested and trampled underfoot a wreath and tore away a St. George ribbon from Russian Consul-General in Lvov Oleg Astakhov on the Hill of Glory.

“Following this scandalous ‘celebration’, just a few people were fined “for hooliganism”, while the names of masterminds have not been called up to this time,” noted deputy head of the Ukrainian Anti-Fascist Committee Alexander Kalynuk.

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