Demonstrations with Russian and Ukrainian flags near Soviet monuments banned in Berlin

16:11 05 May Kyiv, Ukraine

On the eve of the 78th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, Berlin police banned demonstrations, including demonstrations with Russian and Ukrainian flags, near Soviet memorials in Treptow, Tiergarten and Schoenholzer Heide.

In addition, it is forbidden to perform marches and war songs, as well as to pronounce slogans that can be perceived as approval, glorification or glorification of the war in Ukraine.

Police officials note that the ban was introduced to ensure a worthy commemoration of the fallen soldiers of the then Soviet army, and so that the commemoration of the victims of World War II was not overshadowed by possible conflicts in connection with the current war in Ukraine.

Last year, a similar ban drew criticism from the Ukrainian side.. The police emphasize that the memory of the victims of the war must also be preserved against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, and that this war should not go beyond the democratic discourse in Berlin, especially given the symbolic date.