Monday, November 9, 2009

Berlin Wall fragment to be erected near German embassy in Kyiv

A fragment of the Berlin Wall is to be put up near Germany’s embassy in Kyiv. "The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is marked this year. This event prompted big changes in Europe, including those of great consequence for Ukraine. In this connection, there’s an idea to put up a fragment of the Berlin Wall in Kyiv," German Ambassador to Ukraine Hans-Jurgen Heimsoeth said as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine at a meeting with Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky Wednesday. Heimsoeth said Germany had proposed putting up an original portion of the Berlin Wall near the embassy’s building at 25 B. Khmelnytskoho St. in Kyiv. "The issue concerns an original fragment as a symbol of Germany’s freedom and unity," he said. Heimsoeth also said that similar fragments had already been put up in New York and London, and added that the embassy was planning to pay for the transport of the fragment to Kyiv using its own funds.