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Ukraine’s new authorities deny WWII veterans celebration of Kherson liberation from Nazis

March 13, 2014, 17:34 UTC+3 KIEV
Veterans said even songs would not be heard in the Park of Glory
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Soviet troops liberating Kherson in March 1944 (archive)

Soviet troops liberating Kherson in March 1944 (archive)

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KIEV, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. On March 13, 1944, legendary radio announcer Yuri Levitan read a report from fronts, informing people about liberation of Kherson, a regional centre, from Nazi invaders.

Fierce fighting to liberate the region lasted for more than 140 days, and 34,000 soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian front gave their lives for the liberation. Hundreds of servicemen were awarded, and the title of Hero of the Soviet Union was awarded to 36 of them.

However, new Ukrainian leaders denied veterans celebration of the 70th anniversary. Veterans said even songs would not be heard in the Park of Glory. Kherson refused to participate in the memorial relay, in which a capsule with soil was to be handed over on the route of Soviet troops who liberated territories from Nazis. Kherson was to take over the capsule in a ceremony on Thursday and hand it over to another city.

Meanwhile, city services began working in the park, but not to tidy up the area for celebration, but after threatening leaflet were pasted on a public transport station, where veterans were expected to come. The papers said the author of the leaflets with threats to Russians and Jews was the radical movement Right Sector, but it was not officially confirmed that the movement really was the organizer of the outrageous action.

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