Not only administrative, but also humanitarian and cultural decentralizations should be carried out in Ukraine. This was stated by one of the leaders of the OPPOSITION BLOC, MP Oleksandr Vilkul on the talk show “Right to Power” on the “1 + 1” TV channel.
“Different people live in our country, and the opinion of each person should be important. Ukrainians themselves must make decisions in local referendums on how to call cities and streets, what monuments to place, what holidays to celebrate, as well as what regional languages to use on their territory. And this is an absolutely European experience,” Oleksandr Vilkul said, commenting on the practice of the previous power to rename streets and cities within the framework of the law on de-communization.
According to him, although the previous power actively used slogans about the unity of the country, but in fact, its policy only split the society and distracted people from real problems with scandalous renaming.
The leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC expressed general support for the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv, which overturned the decision of the Kyiv Council to rename General Vatutin Avenue to the Hauptmann of the “Nachtigall” Battalion of Roman Shukhevych Avenue.
“It is necessary to know and remember true story. Ukraine has suffered many tragic moments, such as the Holodomor. And, of course, we must remember them. But there were heroic moments, like the Great Patriotic War, and we should not forget about them either,” Oleksandr Vilkul is convinced.
The issues of preservation of historical memory, cultural traditions and preferences, language, faith – are very complex and subtle, in order to solve them in a hurry, contrary to the will of people living in different parts of the country, Vilkul concluded. This is well understood by the OPPOSITION BLOC team, which includes representatives of the regions and territorial hromadas.