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Euro 2012 Promo Video Sparks Controversy in Ukraine

23. February 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Ukraine recently released a promotional video for Euro 2012 and more than a few Ukrainian men and women are offended, not by what the advertisement contains, but what it lacks. The video, “Switch on Ukraine,” (below) highlights many of the nation’s breathtaking views and iconic landmarks, but a 30-feet statue of Lenin in Kiev’s iconic Liberty Square got the axe.

The omission, producers say, was prompted by a policy banning commercial or political advertising in promotional material for Euro 2012. However, critics of the advertisement note that Kiev’s giant Motherland statue was left in, as were images of orthodox Christian statues and churches.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, many Ukrainian men and women were angered by the statue’s deletion, taking to chat rooms and social networking sites to express their outrage.

“They are embarrassed that we were once Communists and that we were part of Soviet Russia,” the paper quotes a blogger as saying.

“The video shows really well that they're only going to turn the lights on in the country for the championship,” another wrote. “Once the competition is over, they're going to turn everything off!”

Co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, Euro 2012 will kick off June 8, 2012 and end on July 1. Lviv, Kharkiv, and Donetsk will host tournament games while Kiev will host the final.


Here's the controversial Euro 2012 promotional video.



Source: The Daily Mail