In Kyiv, they began to dismantle the monument to Soviet General Nikolai Vatutin, installed on his grave in the Mariinsky Park. Under the command of a general, the 1st Ukrainian Front liberated the Ukrainian capital from the troops of Nazi Germany in 1943. The general was killed in Kyiv in 1944.
At the end of January, the Kyiv city administration received a recommendation from the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy to dismantle the monument to Nikolai Vatutin, as well as to the Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov. The monument to the latter was demolished at night – local media published a video of how it was broken in half when trying to lift it from the pedestal.
The beginning of the dismantling of the monument to Nikolai Vatutin was announced by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Alexei Goncharenko. Earlier it was stated that the monument, created by the Soviet sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich, would be transferred to museum funds, as it met the “criteria for a work of monumental art.” The demolition of the monument was previously opposed by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the pro-presidential Servant of the People party Maxim Buzhansky. In his opinion, this sculpture is “first of all, a monument to every Kievan, to each of those Kyivans who went to the People’s Militia in the first days of the war.”