Berlin bans Russian and Ukrainian flags during WWII commemoration – POLITICO

BERLIN — Authorities in Berlin have banned flying Russian and Ukrainian flags near the city’s memorials this weekend as people commemorate the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II.

“The act of remembrance and respect for memorials and memorials must be preserved against the background of Russia’s current war of aggression in Ukraine,” said the Berlin police Explanation on Friday. “The war must not spill over beyond the democratic discourse into conflicts or arguments in Berlin.”

After the Nazi defeat, memorials were erected throughout Berlin to commemorate the Soviet casualties during the war. For example the 12 meter tall one Soviet war memorial in the eastern district of Treptow shows a Soviet soldier breaking a swastika with his sword. Such memorials are expected to be popular gathering spots for those who condemn the current war and those who defend it this weekend.

Police said that in addition to a ban on Russian and Ukrainian flags near such sites, playing military music is also prohibited.

“We will protect the dignified commemoration of 15 memorials and memorials with comprehensive regulations designed to prevent any confrontation in these places,” said police chief Barbara Slowik. “At the same time, we oppose any form of support, endorsement or even glorification of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, especially in meetings.”

Hours after pictures of the massacre in Bucha near Kyiv, a 400-strong car, were released in early April Pro-Putin motorcade drove through Berlin and drew heavy criticism from all over Germany and beyond. Berlin bans Russian and Ukrainian flags during WWII commemoration - POLITICO

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