Sevastopol, escenario de glorias ruso, desexando 'ir a casa’

Sevastopol, scene of Russian glories, eager to ‘go home’

O bandeira ucraína nunca foi realmente abrazada en Sevastopol e do seu porto famoso, casa Rusia de Flota do Mar Negro desde o tempo dos tsares.

E, como Moscova cementos seu control sobre Crimea, veciños din que están ansiosos para o día en que a bandeira rusa, xa omnipresente, voará como o estándar oficial.

Nesta cidade de 350,000 — onde as prazas e rúas levan os nomes dos heroes da Guerra de Crimea ou da Unión Soviética — a independencia de Ucraína en 1991 foi traumática.

Así, cando o réxime pro-Kremlin de Viktor Yanukovych foi derrubado o mes pasado, decenas de miles correron para as rúas, reunindo na praza central e proclamando un pro-Moscova empresario, Alexei Chaly, como novo alcalde da cidade.

“Os cidadáns de Sevastopol decidiu cortar todos os lazos cos bandidos, criminais e nazis que tomaron o poder en Kiev,” Ivan Komelov, un conselleiro para Chaly, dixo á AFP.

“Ninguén dubida que o resultado” da Marcha 16 referendo en Crimea en converterse en parte de Rusia, el dixo.

“Durante 23 anos de independencia, Ucraína non fixo nada para nós. Kiev levou cartos e iso. Cando o pobo de Sevastopol tiveron unha palabra a dicir que esperamos que a Nai Rusia debería responder a nosa chamada e levar no seu seo.”

Chaly, que fixo fortuna na industria de electrónica, é coñecido en Sevastopol por financiado a reconstrución de monumentos á memoria de heroes rusos.

Entre eles está Vladimir Kornilov, o famoso almirante ruso que dirixiu a defensa de Sevastopol contra unha forza franco-británico-Otomano durante a 349 días de asedio da cidade en 1854-55.

famosas últimas palabras de Kornilov durante o cerco — “Defende Sevastopol!” — were emblazoned on a stage this weekend as city residents gathered for a pro-Russia meeting.

Chanting “Rusia! Rusia!” the crowd watched as performer Nadezhda Babkina sang and danced in a multi-coloured dress, embroidered shawl and traditional headdress.

Among the crowd was 47-year-old Pavel Filipov, wearing a red anorak markedRussian National Teamin English.

‘Like a rejected transplant’ –

I have been waiting for this moment for decades,” el dixo. “We are going home, the vote here will be 100 percent for Russia.

His wife Olga, 46, recalls the Soviet era when the city and its surroundings were secret military areas closed to foreigners.

We had peace and security, we left our keys under the mat, children played outside. It was good,” ela dixo.

Touring the city, there can be little doubt of the pivotal role Sevastopol has played in Russian history.

A “Hero Cityof the Soviet Union, Sevastopol saw 250,000 Red Army soldiers killed when German forces took control in 1942 after a devastating siege.

It was rebuilt by Stalin after the war, its majestic buildings and statues to heroes lined up along a ledge overlooking the port.

Along the waterfront, shops sell striped sailor shirts to tourists, magnets in the shape of submarines and Red Army souvenirs.

The yellow-and-blue of the Ukrainian flag is nowhere to be seen.

Sitting on a park bench, Anna and Larissa, two women in their 60s with gold teeth, shelter from the drizzle under their umbrellas.

They willhappilyvote for Crimea to join Russia on March 16, said Anna, who would not give her last name.

This city has always been Russian, and despite what was said, we were never part of Ukraine. It was like a transplant that was rejectedwe were Ukrainians in name only. Now we are going home,” Anna said.

Ukraine is a very poor country. Everything will be much better for us when our currency is the ruble,” said Komelov of city hall.

Russia is a rich and powerful country, which Ukraine will never be. Of course the Ukrainians who don’t agree with us will be allowed to stay. Like foreigners living in Russia.

fonte: afp.com

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