A Call to Restore Crimea’s Toponyms and Why It Matters

A vital element of the narratives of the Russian world is the cultural imperialist heritage, which leaves its mark on toponyms and other aspects of daily use. To consolidate its dominance in a particular territory, the Kremlin rewrote history. It renamed streets and cities in its own way, thus erasing the authentic historical heritage of places.

The process of decommunization in Ukraine caused great resentment among Russians, and it continues to be the object of manipulation in the news and speeches of the Russian authorities. The propaganda machine did not miss Crimea with its unique history of the Crimean Tatar people.

After the deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland, most of the settlements were renamed for a more comfortable environment for the resettlement of newly arrived Russians and the erasure of historical memory. However, after the de-occupation of the peninsula, the question of cultural and topographical decommunization of the peninsula will arise, and it will have to be solved from a moral point of view and exclusively with the involvement of the indigenous population.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center – https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine.

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How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

Come back alive – https://bit.ly/3Ct6O2L (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – https://bit.ly/3Svas1G (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

UNITED 24 – https://bit.ly/3M2mXiT (launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

Army SOS – https://bit.ly/3UYK168 (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

Vostok SOS – https://bit.ly/3Ruut75 (raising funds for various needs of the army);

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