Wartime Ukraine erasing Russian past from public spaces


              Valeriy Sholomitsky, 61, poses for a photo after clearing the snow at a street named after Fyodor Dostoevsky, soon to be renamed to honor Andy Warhol, the late Pop Art visionary from the United States whose parents had family roots in Slovakia, across Ukraine's western border, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Ukraine is accelerating efforts to erase the vestiges of Soviet and Russian influence from its public spaces by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honor its own artists, poets, soldiers, independence leaders and others — including heroes of this year’s war. (AP Photo/Vasilisa Stepanenko)
            
              Valeriy Sholomitsky, 61, poses for a photo after clearing the snow at a street named after Fyodor Dostoevsky, soon to be renamed to honor Andy Warhol, the late Pop Art visionary from the United States whose parents had family roots in Slovakia, across Ukraine's western border, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Ukraine is accelerating efforts to erase the vestiges of Soviet and Russian influence from its public spaces by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honor its own artists, poets, soldiers, independence leaders and others — including heroes of this year’s war. (AP Photo/Vasilisa Stepanenko)
            
              In this photo released by the Dnipro Region Administration, Municipal workers dismantle a monument of Russian writer Alexander Pushkin in the city centre of Dnipro, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Ukraine is accelerating efforts to erase the vestiges of centuries of Soviet and Russian influence from the public space by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honor home-grown artists, poets, military chiefs, and independence leaders, even heroes of this year's war. (Dnipro Region Administration via AP)
            
              In this photo released by the Dnipro Region Administration, Municipal workers dismantle a monument of Russian writer Alexander Pushkin in the city centre of Dnipro, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Ukraine is accelerating efforts to erase the vestiges of centuries of Soviet and Russian influence from the public space by pulling down monuments and renaming hundreds of streets to honor home-grown artists, poets, military chiefs, and independence leaders, even heroes of this year's war. (Dnipro Region Administration via AP)
Wartime Ukraine erasing Russian past from public spaces