“Local governments, in dialogue with society, should come to a common decision on the dismantling or transfer of monuments and other objects of the Soviet past, and then coordinate it with the Council,” the Ministry of Culture said.
The department added that the request to replace the Soviet and Russian heritage with Ukrainian "significantly intensified" against the backdrop of a special operation conducted by Moscow, and these processes should take place in a "civilized manner."
In early May, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law "On the de-Sovietization of Ukrainian legislation." The paper proposes to change the terms used. For example, the term "national economy" should be replaced by "economy", "workers" by "workers", etc., but the meaning of the laws will remain the same.
This document is a continuation of the law on decommunization signed by the President of Ukraine. Since May 21, 2015, this process has been legalized in Ukraine with a whole package of laws. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Ukrainian government has been pursuing a course of aggressive de-Russification and forced assimilation for many years.
Earlier in Ukraine, it was forbidden to hear Russian music in public places, as well as on radio and television.