In Vinnytsia, they want to reconstruct the place of commemoration of the soldiers of the Second World War

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The city presented a project to update the memory area of ​​the Liberation Memorial on Kyivska Street.

It will provide for the creation of a single memorial complex without neighboring remnants of anti-Ukrainian Soviet ideology, reported in the city council. 

This is what the updated memory area of ​​the Liberation Memorial on Kyivska Street will look like. Image: VMR

According to the concept, the Glory Memorial will be removed from the city center and plaques with the names of those who died in the Second World War will be placed on the territory of the memory zone. This will help rethink the Soviet narratives about the USSR as the main winner and honor the soldiers who died in the fight against Nazism.

The chief architect of Vinnytsia Yevhen Sovinsky noted that after the decision of the Bolsheviks in the 20s to turn the historical square into a burial area, it ceased to develop and fully fulfill the function of public space. Thus, the expedient solution is the unification of memory zones, in particular on Kyivska Street. 

Memorial plaques. Image: VMR

As part of the reconstruction of the Liberation Memorial, a "labyrinth of memory" will be set up on the territory. More than 380 metal plates with the names of the dead engraved on them will be moved here and installed on new granite pedestals, which will be arranged in the form of an alley.

"Regarding the significant renovation of the Liberation Memorial on Kyivska Street is the installation of the so-called pillars of memory, i.e. 48 pedestals made of granite. The elements are rectangles, the height of which is almost 2,5 m, the width is up to 1 m, the weight of the finished product is about 6 tons," said the director of the department of communal economy and improvement of the city council, Yuriy Semenyuk.

Zoning of the memorial complex. Photo: Vinbazar

For a proper tribute, they plan to carry out a major renovation of the existing elements on the territory and arrange a green area with complex flower arrangements. Ecological tile walkways, curbs and special decorative lighting will be laid between the slabs.

They plan to spend 10 million hryvnias on the creation of an updated memory zone. The work will be performed by "Agroprodsoyuz" Enterprise, which won the auction organized the day before. The project is planned to be completed in 2024.



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