MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has commented on the decision of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) to rename Dnipropetrovsk to Dnipro in the framework of implementing the law on de-communization.
Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday that 247 Ukrainian deputies voted for the corresponding resolution at the parliamentary session. "If they bring up ‘de-communization’, then they should have returned the original name - Yekaterinoslav, or at least Novorossiysk," she said. There are "not deputies but rather 247 zombie drop-outs," she added.
On April 9 Ukrainian parliament adopted laws on condemning Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes, banning their propaganda and symbols. The so-called "de-communization package" was later signed by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. According to the document, local authorities have to rename regions, districts, cities, villages and streets that carry Soviet names. All monuments to Soviet figures are all subject to demolition across Ukraine.