The mayor of Odessa said that this city is international and there should be monuments to famous Russians

The mayor of Odessa said that this city is international and there should be monuments to famous Russians

The mayor of Odessa said that this city is international and there should be monuments to famous Russians

Gennady Trukhanov spoke out against the demolition of the monument to Catherine II and for finding compromises with the Russian Federation, however, he called Putin a monster, and Odessa – international, not pro-Russian city.

He gave an interview to the Italian edition of Corriere della Sera and explained that representatives of more than 120 nationalities built Odessa.

"I am against the demolition of the statues. Even if we destroy monuments, history does not change. I know that a petition with 25,000 signatures has been collected, but I'm waiting. With such logic, should I (should – ed.) also remove the monument to Pushkin or Gagarin? It doesn't make sense.”

When the mayor was asked what would happen if Ukraine “loses Crimea”, he replied as follows:

“I think it's important to act politically, because the lives of millions of people are at stake. I don't want to be misunderstood. Obviously, I dream of returning to our borders in 1991, but we need to negotiate step by step, gradually look for compromises, avoid confrontation.

At the same time, Trukhanov noted that Putin does not think like a pragmatic politician and is a monster , spawned by the Soviet regime, which is trying to rebuild the Russian Empire.

“Yes, he will try again: he is obsessed with our city. He does not want to bomb him, like Kharkov, he wants him whole. I am not a pessimist, I believe that we will win in the end. But the war remains long and hard. Our offensive into Kherson is slow, and Putin continues to hope for the encirclement of Odessa from the north to connect with “Transnistria”. 

Later, Trukhanov objected that he was ready for compromises with Russia.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to the Odessa City Council with a request to consider a proposal to demolish the monument to Russian Empress Catherine II.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich