The Administrative Court of Appeal has banned the celebration of the anniversaries of some individuals who collaborated with the Nazi regime and were active supporters of anti-Semitism in Kyiv. Thus, the Court of Appeal confirmed the decision of the District Court of Kyiv, which was taken on March 12, 2020 in a lawsuit filed by Andriy Portnov, and the resolution of the Kyiv City Council of February 27, 2020 to celebrate these dates has been finally stopped.
The Kyiv City Council was planning to celebrate the anniversaries of Ivan Poltavets-Ostrianytsia, Vasyl Levkovych, Ulas Samchuk, Vasyl Sydor, Yuri Lypa, Volodymyr Kubiyovych, Vasyl Halasa and Andriy Melnyk in 2020. At the same time, the inclusion of these people in the list of representatives of the Ukrainian national liberation movement, whose memorable dates should be celebrated, has been recognized as a violation of the Law “On the condemnation of the communist and national socialist (Nazi) regimes, and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols.”
Immediately after the Kyiv City Council decided to celebrate the anniversaries of these individuals, the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine declared such actions unacceptable. A joint statement condemning this practice was also made by the Ambassador of the State of Israel Joel Lyon and the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Bartosz Cichocki.
The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine stands for the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust. The activities of the confederation are aimed at strengthening the understanding of the involvement of the Jewish community in the development of Ukraine. We also actively stand for the fight against anti-Semitism and motivate the international support of Ukraine’s independence. That is why the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine welcomes the cancellation of the decision of the Kyiv City Council.