“A symbol of doom” – tanks enthroned in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin


“A symbol of doom” – tanks enthroned in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin

On the anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine, a destroyed Russian tank was placed in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin. The wrecked T-72 tank arrived Friday morning. It should be a memorial against the war in front of the embassy for a few days. The tank was initially on the trailer with which it was transported from Ukraine. The wreckage was aligned across the median strip of the main street, the gun pointed at the message.

The initiators of the action said that on March 31, during the attack of the Russian army on Kiev, the tank hit a mine and was destroyed by the explosion. Soldiers probably died in it. They belonged to a tank unit stationed far in the east of Russia. The Military History Museum of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense lent the tank and also supported its transportation.

Artist: “Transience of man and machine”
The author and publisher Wieland Giebel, who helped set up the campaign, called the tank a “symbol of doom”. He shouted: “The regime will fall as the Third Reich fell. (…) The war criminals are here in the embassy. That’s why we put the Russians’ scrap tanks in front of the door.” The second initiator, the artist Enno Henze, said: “Unfortunately, the transience of man and machine is clearly visible here.”

The plan to erect the destroyed tank as a memorial in Berlin has a long history. After the Mitte district of Berlin initially refused approval, the initiators of Museum Berlin Story Bunker took their project to court. The tank was supposed to be there longer, but that ultimately failed due to district specifications. According to the initiators, the tank should be exhibited in the Netherlands from next week.

Source: Krone


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