In some settlements of Transcarpathia, there are many seemingly neutral street names, but if you dig deeper, it appears that they have an anti-Ukrainian essence, the [email protected] reports. Thus, in the town of Mizhhirya, there are Golikov, Zhuravlev and Prokopenko streets.
– Most local residents have long forgotten the people, after whom these streets were named in Soviet times, but with the help of activists, we found out the origin of the names – the head of the Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal said.
Second Lieutenant Mykhailo Golikov was personally involved in the elimination of the UPA underground. On the night of June 1, 1946, during the MGB operation, security officer M.Golikov was killed by UPA fighters in the village of Pryslip in Mizhhirya district.
Lieutenant Mykhailo Zhuravlev was working in the state security forces of the USSR from 1943. As an officer of Mizhhirya department of the MGB, on March 29, 1949, he participated in the liquidation of the OUN cell in the village of Novoselytsia in Mizhhirya district, where he was mortally wounded.
Second Lieutenant Vasyl Prokopenko in 1946 joined the security service of the USSR, and in 1950 was sent to work in the Mizhhirya department of the MGB. He was a member of the Task Force for liquidation of Ukrainian nationalists. He died on September 6 1951. in the village of Kolochava of Mizhhirya district during the liquidation of Steier’s OUN group.
The head of the RSA said that this Monday, under his order, these three streets would be renamed pursuant to the Law of Ukraine "On the condemnation of Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of their symbols." So, Golikov street will be named after Roman Shukhevych, Zhuravlev street – after Andrey Sheptytsky, and Prokopenko street – after Heroes of UPA. These people in Mizhhirya district will never be forgottten, Hennadiy Moskal is convinced and appeals to historians and civic activists calling for help to identify other "neutral" place names named in Soviet times to honor of people who fought against Ukraine. These place names will also be changed within the law of discommunization.