Poroshenko explained why Ukraine has banned the “St. George” ribbon

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he would sign the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law prohibiting the manufacture and public use, “St. George” ribbons and misleading for it administrative responsibility as soon as it is handed to him to sign.

This was stated during the celebrations of the Day of memory of victims of political repression on the territory of National historical memorial reserve “bykivnya graves” near Kyiv.

“A law banning the “ribbons” I will sign as soon as it will come from the Verkhovna Rada”, – said the President

According to Poroshenko, these ribbons are a symbol of current Russian aggression against Ukraine, which is daily killing Ukrainians in the East of the country.

“It (the”St. George ribbon” – Ed.) not the symbolism the Second world war, it is the symbolism of aggression against Ukraine 2014-17 Because he hung these ribbons militants kill our soldiers every day and night, and right now, while we’re here, they also aim at Ukrainian soldiers”, – said the President, adding that Russia for its actions against Ukraine itself has put the ribbon outside the law.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada may 16, adopted the law “On amendments to the Code of Ukraine about administrative offenses prohibiting the manufacture and promotion of St. George (guards) ribbon”.

According to the law, public use, display or wearing of the ribbons or her image shall entail the imposition of a fine in the amount from 50 to 150 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens with confiscation of St. George (guards) ribbon or items that contain her image.

If these actions made repeatedly within year after bringing to administrative responsibility they entail imposition of a fine in the amount from 150 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or administrative arrest for up to 15 days with confiscation of the ribbons, or object, which contains her image.

According to the author of the adopted amendments, the people’s Deputy faction “popular front” Anton Gerashchenko, “the so-called St. George (guards) ribbon has long been a symbol of the Russian aggression”. He noted that the ribbon being used by the Russian side, “in order to divide the Ukrainian nation, the Ukrainian people”.

The non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens is currently UAH 17.