During a regular session of the city council of Ternopil held on January 23, councilors decided to rename the regional center’s Square of the Arts as Heroes of Euromaidan Square. Tragic developments in Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv on January 21 and 22, which resulted in casualties, were the immediate impetus behind the decision. However, Ternopil residents addressed the council with this proposal before. “Many of our compatriots have been in Independence Square in Kyiv for two months as they participate in the protests,” Ternopil mayor Serhii Nadal noted. “I and Ternopil City Council are receiving numerous proposals from the city’s residents asking us to perpetuate memory of the developments now taking place in Kyiv.” The self-governing body’s executive committee decided on January 22 to declare January 23 a day of mourning for the people who died at the peaceful protests in Kyiv.
The council’s plenary session adopted an appeal to the president of Ukraine on laws which Verkhovna Rada adopted on January 16. “Given the obvious illegality of the January 16 ‘laws’ both in their enacting procedure and content, we urge you to take decisive action to repeal them,” the statement reads in part. It will be sent not only to Viktor Yanukovych, but also to the city councils of regional centers of Ukraine, Ternopil regional council, and councils at all levels in Ternopil region.