Andriy Portnov is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
The Maidan and the war in the Donbas are reshaping the symbolic landscape of large industrial cities in the southeast of Ukraine. The example of Dnipropetrovsk recently being renamed Dnipro illustrates these current developments, which are not limited to “decommunisation”. We see the removal of Soviet monuments and the renaming of streets, but also the emergence of new memorial sites and commemorative rituals dedicated to the dramatic events of recent years.