Tuesday, February 23, 2021

From February 23! How congratulations on the holiday became a bone of contention in Ukraine


In Ukraine, battles are again going on over February 23, the former day of the defender of the fatherland, and under the USSR, the day of the Soviet army.

Despite decommunization, this holiday is widely celebrated in Ukraine. That can be seen both on the Internet and “offline”.

Several scandals have already occurred in Ukrainian cities related to the fact that people decided to celebrate on February 23rd. Disputes have flared up on the Internet.

We figured out how Ukrainians celebrate another “former” holiday, which is more popular among the people than most of the new memorable dates.

As discussed on February 23 in Ukraine

On this day, the Internet, as always, was divided – some traditionally troll or condemn the celebration of February 23, others congratulate their relatives and friends.

There are clearly more of the latter.

This can be seen primarily in the Ukrainian trends of Google. Inquiries related to the former Defender of the Fatherland Day began to grow yesterday. The phrase “From 23 February” topped the search top for Monday, and another similar query is leading on Tuesday morning.

Nevertheless, the haters of this holiday are not shy in expressions and call its numerous supporters “stoned thugs.” Comparing the Red Army with the Hitlerite Wehrmacht.

A characteristic post was written by publicist Andrei Kapustin.

And this is not an isolated example. Another hating campaign is being discussed on social media.

“Supervisors of posts in social networks from the state, well, who make sure that no one posts anything seditious there, are simply in shock today.

The entire ribbon is strewn with Soviet symbols and congratulations on the Day of the Defense of the Fatherland.

It cannot be eradicated, no matter how hard they try. How would Vyatrovich and other percussionists call this day a relic of the Soviet Union and a threatening connection with the Russian Federation.

Even after the cancellation of the holiday in 2014 Poroshenko, people do not change their views and traditions. For the day of the creation of the UPA by no means can be the Day of the Defender for the entire people of Ukraine “, – writes the special correspondent of” Strana “Olesya Medvedeva.

People’s Deputy Maxim Buzhansky argues with those who criticize the February 23 celebration.

“Every year over the past years, the long-vanished Soviet Army, for at least three days in a row, triumphantly smashes the idiots who do not realize that it is impossible to defeat what does not exist.

A few days before February 23, all sorts of characters appear from all the cracks, and begin to moan mournfully that the Day of the Soviet Army should not be celebrated.

There are many insignificant reasons why it is impossible, but they all do not matter.

Because they are still unable to understand that people celebrate their memories, about youth, about friends, about service, about how they left for the army and how they returned.

In general, I remembered something about them, about the suffering, only because I noticed that these sufferings had become boring and had ceased to please, right up to their torment on March 8 in 2 weeks, and torture on May 9th.

Therefore, I am simply glad for those who today have something to remember, have something to smile at, straighten their shoulders, like when that, have someone to dial, say, but do you remember how we …?

Remember, this is yours, nobody can take it away from you. Happy for you!)

Although that Army has no reason to be shy! Happy Holidays to those who celebrate!) “.

Lawyer Aleksandr Trokhimets urges to stop criticizing those who celebrate February 23rd. Because this is part of the history of millions of Ukrainians who served in the Soviet army.

When I was in elementary school (and this was back in the days of the USSR), girls gave gifts to children on February 23rd, and we gave gifts to girls on March 8th. My father served in the Soviet Army for 3 long years only near Murmansk.

For me, February 23 is a holiday of courage, not of the army of any country (the one that does not exist, or the aggressor country). These are fond memories.

This is part of our history, whatever it may be. To be honest, silly pictures and posts are annoying, and ironic about this day. Everyone has the right to celebrate February 23rd or not. But what you should definitely not do is poison each other and sow discord. Happy holiday, men! “

People’s Deputy Oleg Voloshin concludes that attempts to impose nationalism or ultra-liberalism on society have failed – judging by the number of supporters on February 23.

“Judging by the tape, attempts to impose a meager two-course menu on the whole society: either a torchlight procession or a gay parade — failed miserably. These idiots cannot take anything away from people with their own history and their own stories. Soviet “and not in the” army. “It’s about understanding the value of being real men in this transgender time.”

But the controversy is not limited to the Web.

In Sumy, teachers began to persecute

On the eve of the holiday, on February 22, at a fatherland defense lesson at Sumy School No. 18, a teacher of the highest category, Colonel Boris Vladimirovich Solomonov, reminded his students of the need to congratulate all relatives on the 23rd of February.

The junior sergeant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Olga Gerasimenko announced this on her Facebook page.

She is outraged that the teacher called to congratulate “Happy army, which is hostile to us, which kills our citizens every day.”

Gerasimenko wrote that she is a junior sergeant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a mother of three children, “who still study in this country,” and insistently asked the State Service for the Quality of Education, the Ministry of Education and the City Council “to remind the colonel that he teaches Defense of the Fatherland in Ukraine, and not in Russia. “.

“Wrong” advertising in Kharkov

In Kharkiv, a scandal arose after Fit kitchen released an ad for February 23, which featured cakes.

“For our dear ones. And it doesn’t matter what and how this date is timed. For many, this is an important day, a birthday. And we are ready to make delicious cakes,” the post said.

But some netizens were outraged and began to bombard direct establishments with angry reviews. The institution reacted to the outrage of subscribers by saying that the date of the celebration is everyone’s personal choice.

The administrator of the establishment also recorded a video message in which she said that she was not going to apologize or change anything. In her opinion, everyone has the right to celebrate on the day he wants.

She asked not to offend the girls, who ordered cakes by February 23 to congratulate their men.

“If someone is offended by the situation that girls congratulate their men on February 23rd, please keep your opinion to yourself. And even more so, do not offend these girls and say that” it does not add honor to them. “You simply have no right We are a pastry shop, not a political blog and we do not do any campaigning … If a person called and asked for a cake for February 23, February 24 or 25, we don’t care what the date is, “said the owner of the establishment.

Ukrposhta was preparing to issue stamps by February 23

February 23 was supposed to be the day of the presentation of a series of postage stamps dedicated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But the Ministry of Defense considered such an idea inappropriate and rushed to make a statement to postpone the date of the presentation:

“The Ministry of Defense declares that February 23 cannot be the day of the presentation of postage stamps entitled” The Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ground forces “since on February 23” the aggressor state of the Russian Federation, waging a war against Ukraine, celebrates the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the day of Russian military glory, “the Defense Ministry’s website reported on February 18.

The ministry said that the date of the presentation had not been agreed with the Ministry of Defense and suggested that March 14 be the date of the presentation – the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer.

Below is an envelope with the same stamps that the head of Ukrposhta, Igor Smelyansky, published on his Facebook.

Igor Smelyanskiy explained that the date of February 23 was chosen deliberately – so that the public resonance would advertise the project, because “there is no resentment – no attention.” And also – to “troll Russia” and show her that the Ukrainian army has changed.

“It’s a good reason to remind you that it’s time to turn the page of history and be proud of the new Ukrainian army. So, this is a subtle trolling of neighbors who, I’m sure, would show this brand,” the top manager explained his idea.

Smelyansky assured that he wanted to draw attention to the Ukrainian army and understood that the launch on any other date would not be noticed by the audience.



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