Disinfo: Ukrainians can be forced to celebrate Europe Day instead of Victory Day

Summary

Ukrainians are to be forced to celebrate Europe Day instead of Victory Day. The following project of bill was registered by Ukrainian deputies in Verkhovna Rada. This is part of the campaign to level down the Soviet holidays in Ukraine. Earlier, the director of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine, Vladimir Vyatrovich, proposed a project to abolish Victory Day.

Attacks on holidays from the side of the Institute continue for the third year in a row: nationalists are trying to rewrite the Ukraine’s history in accordance with new ideological guidelines. Victory Day and International Women’s Day are particularly prominent targets of rejection.

Disproof

Unfounded claims, presented without evidence.

The project of bill was registered in May 2018, and is still pending consideration. According to the Verkhovna Rada's official website, the text does not refer to the replacement of holidays. The authors of the document propose to celebrate Europe Day at the same day as Victory Day in order to celebrate it together with other EU countries and "to witness in such way common European integration values, a common vision of the past and the future of our continent".

At the same time, the project has already been assessed by the Main Scientific and Expert Department. In the assessment, the department notes that the practice of celebrating Victory Day and Europe Day at different times has developed in Ukraine, and the nature of the celebration of these days is also different. “Based on the aforementioned, the Main Department notes that there are no purely legal obstacles to the adoption of the draft law, however, it draws attention to the inexpediency of celebrating two events, different in their orientation and goals, on the same day, as it is actually proposed in the draft law”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, Europe
  • Outlet: Ukraina RU
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