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Who are the Ukrainian generals who became heroes: trained back in Soviet times, but adherents of the NATO model

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A mural in honor of General Valery Zaluzhny recently appeared at the airport in the city of Kherson, recently liberated by the Ukrainians.

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A mural in honor of General Valery Zaluzhny recently appeared at the airport in the city of Kherson, recently liberated by the Ukrainians.

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No matter what part of the world you visit, it’s hard to come to a city and not find one or more war memorials. They can be related to regional conflicts (for example, the Ultramar Veterans Monument in Lisbon, or the hundreds of American Civil War memorials across the US) or global (for example, the many monuments and memorials associated with World War II). found throughout Europe). They can commemorate the victims, such as the Holocaust memorial in Berlin; soldiers who died in action, such as the various monuments to the unknown soldier; or great military leaders who became national or local heroes, such as the sword-wielding statue of D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães, or the lesser-known statue of General Silveira in Chaves, dedicated to a Portuguese officer who distinguished himself in the Napoleonic Wars. .

In an article published last week, Cristian Segura, Spanish newspaper El País’ war envoy for Ukraine, summed up the evidence in one sentence: “War is an abundance of heroes.” It is in moments of conflict and tension, especially during the struggle for independence and freedom, that many of the nation’s great heroes are born: figures with great mythical weight, like Viriato, or more concrete ones, like the captains of April. For Ukraine, whose independence from the Soviet Union dates back to the 1990s and which has spent the last few decades in more or less open conflict with Russia, that founding moment is now being experienced. And so Ukraine is now producing some of the heroes it will preserve in its history books.

One is obvious: Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedian-turned-president who, after the Russian invasion, stood his ground in Kyiv and embodied the spirit of resistance of the Ukrainian people. Hailed around the world as an unlikely charismatic leader who was able to hold the country in the face of foreign aggression, there is no doubt that Zelenskiy’s name will be written into Ukrainian history.

Zelensky, the comedian who became president of Ukraine and is now fighting Putin

Source: Observador

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