The Russian Army has taken from the cathedral of Kherson the remains of the 18th-century military commander and hero Grigory Potemkin, whom Vladimir Putin is a great admirer for conquer Ukraine, annex Crimea and found the cities of Odessa and Kherson. The looting of Potemkin’s tomb is part of Russia’s efforts to erase Ukrainian identity.
Their skull and bones have been taken out of the grave, as well as several relics that were inside the coffin. Several soldiers entered the cripta under the white marble tombstone and opened the trapdoor down a narrow passageway. There was the wooden coffin marked with a simple cross.
According to the Russian troops, they took the remains of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Kherson to “protect” it from the Ukrainian soldiers. “We transported Potemkin himself,” confirmed the pro-Russian chief of Kherson, Vladimir Balanceto the DailyMail.
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Saldo has also admitted that the Russians have taken the monument that was made to Potemkin as well as numerous pieces, and that they have looted not only the cathedral, but also several buildings in the city, taking paintings, jewelry and statues. “All the relics will return to their place because our cause is just,” said Saldo, considered by Ukraine a traitor since, as a councilor in Kherson before the war, he supported Russia from the beginning of the war by facilitating their invasion.
Potemkin’s New Russia
Potemkin was an 18th-century Russian commander, statesman, and wanted to build a New Russia for his mistress, Catherine the Great, and annexed the Crimea in 1783. He also founded the cities of Odessa and Kherson, what is now southern Ukraine and which Russia wants to take from them.
When Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, his goal was to restore part of a long-lost empire, thus invoking Potemkin’s vision. Among his achievements, and emulating the military commander in 1783, Putin annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
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What happened in the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Kherson is something that Russia has systematically done in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. With the intention of erasing the identity of the Ukrainians, the Russian troops have destroyed dozens of churches and national monuments At the same time they have stolen gold, jewelry, paintings and all kinds of antiques.
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