The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called “an attempt at a hybrid appropriation of history,” the opening of the monument to Prince Vladimir in Moscow, which took place on the Day of national unity in the presence of President Vladimir Putin and the first persons of Russia. About the Ukrainian leader said during the opening of the monument to Grigory Skovoroda in Ljubljana Slovenian television channel “112.Ukraine”.

“In the Kremlin near Lenin’s unburied they opened a monument to our pervoistochnika Prince Vladimir of Kiev. This is another attempt hybrid appropriation of history,” – said the President of Ukraine.

Earlier official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova ironically commented on the reaction of Ukraine to the opening of the monument to Prince Vladimir, reminds RIA “Novosti”. “Okay? The present monument can be only one. And then divorced Pushkin around the world. To what all this”, she said.

November 4 in Moscow with the participation of the first persons of the state took place the opening ceremony of the monumentdepicting Prince Vladimir. The monument is located on the Borovitsky area. The ceremony was attended by President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky and other Ministers and the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin.

The monument was consecrated by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. “The monument to Prince Vladimir is a symbol of unity of all people, a father which he is. And that the peoples of historical Russia, now living within the borders of many States. A monument to the father can be everywhere, where his children, there is no contradiction, but it is bad if the children forget that they have a father,” said the Patriarch.

The height of the monument is 17.5 meters. The installation of the monument to Prince Vladimir began on the night of 16 October. The monument was created by sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov, at the initiative of the Russian military historical society (RVIA), which is headed by the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky.

It was reported that the monument is built on people’s donations. At first it was planned to be installed on the Sparrow hills, however, the geological status of the selected locations did not meet the installation requirements of a large-scale monument. By voting on the website of the RVIA and the portal “Active citizen” was selected another point on the map the Moscow Borovitskaya square, which was later approved by the Commission on monumental art.

Vladimir I Svyatoslavich – Prince of Novgorod (970-988 years), Grand Duke of Kiev (978-1015 years) during which in 988 was the baptism of Rus. Over the past 17 years, the monuments to Prince Vladimir appeared in a number of cities of Russia: in Belgorod (in 1999), Vladimir (2007), in Astrakhan (in 2013), in Sankt-Peterburg and Smolensk (in 2015).

Poroshenko called the installation of the monument to Prince Vladimir in Moscow “attempt hybrid assignment history” 09.11.2016

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