On June 10, Kharkiv residents joined national No Surrender action on Maidan Svobody. About 200 participants took part in the event to express their support for Ukrainian soldiers who fight in the east of Ukraine.
According to Mykyta Solovyov, the event organizer and member of Demokratychna Sokyra party, the reason for the action was the statement on enforcing the regime of silence. It was made by Leonid Kuchma, ex-Ukrainian president. He is the head of the Ukrainian delegation in negotiations of trilateral contact group established to resolve the situation in Donbas that took place in Minsk, Belarus, on June 5.
In spite of a preliminary agreement, shelling has continued from aggressor’s side and the Ukrainian army has suffered losses.
“We have to show the whole world the attitude to the regime of silence. Shooting must be stopped on both sides, a firing ban on civilian facilities such as schools and kindergartens must be imposed,” Solovyov stated.
The activists were holding “Protect Militaries,” “Should We Apologize to Aggressor?” “Protect Those Who Defend Us,” “Stop Surrender” and other posters. The action’s location wasn’t a coincidence as it was held near “All for the Victory” tent.
Similar actions took place all over Ukraine: in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Ternopil, Zaporizhia, and other cities.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Suren Kocharyan