Kyiv on Sunday condemned Berlin’s “mistake” after German police confiscated a large Ukrainian flag displayed by demonstrators on the Soviet Warfare Memorial within the German capital.
Police had imposed a ban on shows of flags or army symbols at 15 memorial websites throughout Berlin, together with the enduring web site on the central Tiergarten park and one other in Treptower Park.
However they went additional with further measures on Sunday and Monday, saying it was to make sure that a World Warfare II commemoration ceremony stayed peaceable.
“Berlin made a mistake by prohibiting Ukrainian symbols,” Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted. “It’s deeply false to deal with them equally with Russian symbols.
“Taking a Ukrainian flag away from peaceful protesters is an attack on everyone who now defends Europe and Germany from Russian aggression with this flag in hands,” he added.
Germany has already outlawed the show of the “Z” image utilized by the Russian military in its invasion of Ukraine.
Tensions are working excessive over potential pro-Russian demonstrations on the 2 extremely symbolic days commemorating the defeat of the Nazis and the top of World Warfare II.
Berlin’s determination had sparked robust criticism from the Ukrainian neighborhood, together with Kyiv’s ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk, who referred to as it a “catastrophic politically wrong decision”.
Below heavy police presence, the Ukrainian embassy on Sunday held a commemoration ceremony on the imposing Soviet memorial in Tiergarten park, with Melnyk leaving a wreath of blue and yellow flowers.
Counter-protesters gathered outdoors the cordoned-off space, some chanting “Melnyk out” whereas others shouted “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine).
As friends of the embassy had been allowed to show flags, that sparked “expressions of discontent among bystanders”, stated police.
“In order to secure the peaceful, dignified commemoration, our colleagues rolled up a 25m-long Ukrainian flag,” they added on Twitter.
Some 1,600 cops had been deployed in Berlin alone on Sunday amid dozens of anticipated protests throughout the capital.
Likewise on Monday, they are going to be out in drive, with 1,800 officers on the bottom.
The Tiergarten memorial commemorates the 80,000 Soviet troops who misplaced their lives within the battle for Berlin, which led to the capitulation of Nazi Germany on Could 8, 1945 and the top of World Warfare II in Europe.
It’s adorned with two tanks and a bronze statue of a triumphant Soviet soldier on a marble pedestal.