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Ukraine slams Germany for banning Ukrainian flags at WWII events

Both Ukrainian and red flags with Soviet references were displayed despite the ban
05 May 2022, Brandenburg, Halbe: Boxes containing the remains of 86 German soldiers are buried at Germany's largest war grave-site nearly 77 years after the end of WWII during a memorial service organized by the German War Graves Commission at the Waldfriedhof. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa.
Boxes containing the remains of 86 German soldiers are buried at Germany's largest war grave-site nearly 77 years after the end of WWII during a memorial service organized by the German War Graves Commission at the Waldfriedhof. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa.

Ukraine's foreign minister has slammed Germany's decision to ban Ukrainian flags at events commemorating the end of World War II on Sunday.

"Berlin made a mistake by prohibiting Ukrainian symbols," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a statement issued on Monday.

"It’s deeply false to treat them equally with Russian symbols," he added. "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."

The comments come in response to a decision by German authorities to impose restrictions, including a ban on Russian and Ukrainian flags, in 15 locations to prevent tensions between supporters of the two sides on the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

Both Ukrainian and red flags with Soviet references were displayed despite the ban. Police officers repeatedly intervened, including on one occasion when a 25-metre-long Ukrainian flag was unfurled.

Veterans exempt

Among others, diplomats and veterans of the war were exempt from the ban.

Berlin authorities defended the restrictions, saying that their aim was to "prevent any confrontation" at the memorial sites, which were a tribute to both Russian and Ukrainian victims.

Ukraine slams Germany for banning Ukrainian flags at WWII events
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