The Berlin authorities explained that banning the Ukrainian flag in the German capital during events dedicated to Victory Day is out of question. The restriction will be applied only to the territories of a number of memorials. Earlier, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk described the ban announced by the German authorities on demonstrating the Ukrainian flag at rallies on May 8 and 9 in Berlin as "a slap in the face to Ukraine."
"We are shocked by the Berlin police ban on demonstrating the flag of Ukraine during the rallies on May 8 and 9. This is a slap in the face to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people," Melnyk wrote.
The Berlin police stressed that the demonstration of not only Ukrainian, but also Russian flags is restricted. This was done to minimize the risk of provocations. Ukrainian flags can be demonstrated in Berlin on May 8 and 9. The restriction applies only to 15 sites of memory in the city.
"No flags or military insignia are allowed here. But the restrictions do not apply to World War II veterans, diplomats, and members of official delegations," the police explained.