KYIV - The Social Democratic Party (united)'s leader Viktor Medvedchuk
has criticized the idea of canceling the military parade of May 9, when
the sixtieth anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War will be
commemorated. Medvedchuk issued the criticism in a statement, a text of
which Ukrainian News obtained.
"It was with deep concern that I learned of the information about attempts
by the current authorities not to allow widespread ... commemoration...
This involves, among other things, implementation of plans to abandon ye
organization of a parade of by the Armed Forces in Kyiv on May 9...." the
statement said. According to Medvedchuk, any actions aimed at devaluing
the Victory Day would be an insult to millions of Ukrainian citizens.
According to him, such actions are being perceived as a reduction of
the role of the Ukrainian people in the victory of Nazism, as a mockery
of the memory of those who died, and as a lack of respect for war veterans.
Medvedchuk expressed the conviction that a full-scale military parade should
take place on May 9.
"The Ukrainian government should pay a symbolic due to those who ensured
the great victory," Medvedchuk said. As Ukrainian News earlier reported,
Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Mykola Tomenko is initiating
cancellation of the military parade on May 9, the day of celebration of
the sixtieth anniversary of the Great Patriotic War. Instead of a military
parade, Tomenko is proposing a plan of measures that would permit each
veteran to feel care of the state.
Such measures may include free medical examination for all participants in military operations, providing them with the necessary medicines, and increasing the one-off assistance payable to war veterans.