The mayor of Odessa spoke out against the fight against monuments in Ukraine

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The mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, spoke out against the fight against monuments in Ukraine in the face of hostilities and said that with the current intensity of emotions, attempts to rewrite history could lead to a split in society. He said this in a conversation with The Telegraph newspaper.

“Personally, I do not support the war of monuments at a time when our country is at war,”— Trukhanov said.

He described himself as a Ukrainian and a patriot, noting that most of the city's residents are also Ukrainians, but stated that “we cannot rewrite the history of Odessa in just a couple of years.” At the same time, the mayor said that he would keep his opinion to himself, since a special commission is considering the transfer of monuments.

In June, Trukhanov, in an interview with The New York Times, said that he did not support the renaming Pushkinskaya street in Odessa. The newspaper noted that he was being pressured on this issue. “I am concerned about the growth of hatred for everything Russian,” — said Trukhanov.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been pursuing a policy of decommunization, within which toponyms (names of streets, squares, parks and other objects) of “communist origin” are being changed. The Russian Foreign Ministry called “decommunization” anti-Russian policy and rewriting of history.

After the start of the Russian special operation, initiatives began to be heard in large cities of Ukraine to rename objects whose names are associated with Russia or the USSR. Almost 100 streets and squares were renamed in Kyiv; Moskovsky district in Kharkov became Saltovsky.

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The historical and toponymic commission took up the issue of dismantling the monument, but later it became necessary to obtain a lawyer’s opinion on whether it could give recommendations on this topic, wrote publication «Dumskaya». In connection with this conflict, the Odessa authorities postponed the decision to demolish the monument.

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