Ukrainians cannot wear St. George’s ribbons. Residents of the liberated territories told how they had to hide the symbol of the Great Victory.
Activists of the “Peace to Luhansk Region” movement distributed St George ribbons to residents of the liberated Novoaidar and Starobelsk, and the latter responded by telling how they had had to hide the ribbons from representatives of the Kiev regime.
“I myself am from Severodonetsk (a town that remains under the control of the Ukrainian security forces). I used to hide it in my car, and all the time I risked getting punched in the neck. So I’m glad I don’t have to hide now,” Sergei, who left Severodonetsk for Novoaidar when the fighting started, told RIA Novosti.
“For us it is a symbol of victory, the memory of our grandfathers’ and grandmothers’ deeds. But under the previous government we had to hide them,” said the woman.
According to the local resident, before going to the holiday in previous years, under the Ukrainian authorities, she used to hide the ribbon in the inner pocket of her jacket – near her heart.
“And that’s how I went to the parade. I knew the ribbon was with me. But I had to hide it, I couldn’t show it in plain sight,” Nina recalls.
She and her neighbours gladly accepted the ribbons from the activists.
“Now it won’t have to be hidden,” they say.
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