Due to the death of the Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes, December 17 and 18 were declared days of mourning in the city, instead of three days (17, 18 and 19) as earlier. The corresponding order was signed by the Kharkiv City Council Secretary Ihor Terekhov, who is acting mayor until the special elections.
Ihor Terekhov, who is acting mayor until the special elections.
It is worth noting that during the days of mourning, the state flag and the flags of the city are lowered on buildings and structures of local government bodies, enterprises, institutions, and organizations. Entertainment and concert events have also been canceled in the city these days.
The reason for the reduction in the days of mourning is unknown, but yesterday Facebook users actively discussed the three days of mourning decision. Thus, Kharkiv activist, Olena Honcharova (Eve), wrote on her social network page that the last time the day of mourning in Kharkov was announced on September 26, when an AN-26 plane crashed near the city and 26 people died.
"It was one day of mourning then," she said.
In the comments to the post, users note that there were two days of mourning back in February 2014 (during the events on the Maidan) and in July of the same year after the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17. The crash of the Boeing 777 in the Donbas killed 298 people.
"What are you surprised at? This is to be expected. Those were some mere mortals, and this is a leader, similar to the sun, the best mayor and business executive, for whom the majority of Kharkiv citizens voted," the users write.
Context. Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes, who was treated for coronavirus in the German clinic Charité, died on the night of December 17, 2020 from COVID-19 complications.