Russian soldiers have begun raising Soviet-era flags in recently occupied areas of Ukraine. On April 19 in the southern city of Kherson, troops from a Rosgvardia police unit hoisted the red “banner of victory” up the main flagpole in the city’s “Alley of Glory,” a park dedicated to the memory of locals who fought in the Red Army during the Second World War.
In the runup to Vladimir Putin‘s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian domestic media frequently made light of Western claims that the Russian president was seeking to reestablish the Soviet Union. However, when the “banner of victory” was raised in Kherson, Kremlin-controlled television channels were quick to praise the development.
During its noon news broadcast on April 20, Russia’s First Channel featured a laudatory segment that began: “May 9th is fast approaching, and the red flag under which fascism was crushed in the 20th century again flutters above Kherson’s Alley of Glory. It is a symbol of the great feat of the Soviet people, one which local residents again recall with a special feeling.”
First Channel had sent a correspondent to the flag-raising ceremony, and a collection of interviews with a few of those aforementioned local residents followed.
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