State Duma Deputy from Crimea Mikhail Sheremet (United Russia) proposed to make the Victory Banner the state flag of Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
“Today, Western countries have actually declared war on the Victory Banner, banning it everywhere. They are afraid of this symbol, because the red flag of victory reminds them of the greatness of our people and our great victory. I think the time has come to recognize the Victory Banner as our state flag,»,— he explained.
Sheremet emphasized that he was proud of the current Russian flag. however, in his opinion, in the current situation, the Victory Banner “as a symbol of a resurgent superpower” is more relevant than ever, the agency writes.
Banner of Victory— assault flag of the 150th Order of Kutuzov II degree of the Idritsa Rifle Division, which Soviet soldiers hoisted on the Reichstag building in Berlin on May 1 (Moscow time) 1945. It is the official symbol of the victory of the Soviet people over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.
The Banner of Victory was used more than once during the Russian operation in Ukraine. In early April, a video circulated on the Internet, in which in one of the Ukrainian villages a grandmother with a banner in her hands met the Ukrainian military, possibly mistaking them for Russian soldiers. The military offered the woman a food package, but took away the banner and trampled on it. In response, she refused food.
Grandmother became one of the symbols of the special operation in Ukraine. Her sculpture was installed in Belgorod, but after the vandalism, the authorities promised to find another place for it. A graffiti with a grandmother appeared in Obninsk, but due to the fact that vandals ruined it, the drawing was painted over so as not to leave it damaged.
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In addition, in March, Russian singer Yulia Chicherina installed the Victory Banner on the building of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Melitopol, the mayor's offices of Berdyansk and Energodar.< /p>
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that the Kremlin was aware of the use of the Soviet flag during the operation. “We notice what is really being used. [The Banner of Victory] has a special meaning, literally a sacred meaning,»,— he said.
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