Not all Ukrainian veterans of the great Patriotic war agree to change a ribbon on a red poppy, this opinion was expressed by the Veteran Michael S. Zaitsev.
"I'm Not changing a St. George ribbon on the Mac. I have the medals with her, even for an honorable veteran of Ukraine! This is my life, I'm Not going to replace the IAC or something else, " - said Zaitsev at the event, organized by the Darnitsa depot Kiev, in the beginning of the Day of Victory." It hurts when you say we have to put up with the veterans of the UPA*, Because we fought for one thing. I for the Soviet Union fought! Don't Wish that on old age I impose friends with anyone! I had the Great Patriotic war, " said the Veteran, reports news Agency. Supported Zaitsev and another Veteran - Kuzma Skorobogatko, " I am very negative attitude to the replacement of the St. George ribbon on the Mac. I was born in the Soviet Union, studied, worked as a foreman in the wagon depot. And for old age squeezed us so that it is impossible to tolerate. Paid for communal services and have Not, " with tears says Kuzma Scriabin." currently, other heroes are doing. The UPA became freedom fighters, And we are almost to the occupants equated! Here now in the Donbas, shouting " Glory to Ukraine ", And to return these guys, what's next? Forget, like us, probably. Will come up with new heroes, " finished the Veteran. Zaitsev says that " when Yanukovych was granted an apartment in Kiev (Kiev district), And the current government does that do? They give us a new war with the brotherly people impose, Maki hang, it's a shame, " - said Zaitsev. In the beginning of the Day of the great Victory, the Veteran came to the celebration For the soldiers in Darnytskyi railroad depot, where he worked for 60 years. Michael S. admits, Because it is a Holy day to him, and under soldier's porridge and front hundred grams tells about how and where he met the Victory.
The veteran admits that at the present time, the Victory has a bitter taste, Because the Ukrainian authorities are even trying to rename it the war." For me it's a Holy day, I only wear order. Because I'm still alive!", "he concluded. However, in Dnepropetrovsk on the last working day of the week handing out new Ukrainian symbol of Victory - blue-grey Tape memory, a similar appearance with a St. George's ribbon. On may 6 the Ukrainian nationalist Organization "Right sector*" warned Lviv veterans " to avoid provocations on may 9 to refrain from the use of St. George ribbons. On Tuesday, the Communists and the Komsomol of Ukraine has recommended attending the celebration of Victory Day on may 9 to replace a ribbon on red, " to protect themselves ". In April, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the meeting of the government tried to convince in the process of festive events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day to withdraw from St. George ribbons in favor of the red poppy. After the change of power in Ukraine in February 2014, joining the Crimea to Russia and the start of the protests against the new government in the South-East of Ukraine St. George ribbon has become in these regions the symbol of the supporters of federalization and joining Russia. Supporters of the current Kiev authorities are ribbon negatively and often called her " Colorado ", because, in their vision, the George ribbon colors similar to the colors of the Colorado potato beetle." Georgievsky ribbon " - a public event for the distribution of symbolic ribbons dedicated to the celebration of Victory Day in the great Patriotic war. Takes place since 2006, has since become a tradition and is held every year. St. George ribbon in appearance and the color combination matches the ribbon, which is upholstered with the order pad to the medal " for Victory over Germany in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945 ".
* Organization, relative to which a court has adopted the legally effective conclusion Of destruction or prohibition of the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law "On countering extremist activity"