The law will prohibit naming geographical objects that glorify, perpetuate, propagandize or symbolize the occupying power or its memorial, historical and cultural sites, cities, dates, events, or its figures, which carried out military aggression against Ukraine and other sovereign countries, state totalitarian policies and practices related to the persecution of the opposition (opposition figures), dissidents and other persons for criticizing the totalitarian Soviet and totalitarian Russian regimes.
The Cabinet of Ministers must hold consultations with representative bodies of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine within six months of the entry into force of this Law and submit to the Verkhovna Rada proposals for renaming the settlements of the Crimean peninsula whose names contain symbols of Russian imperial policy.
The law makes it possible to change the names of cities and streets, in particular in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which are temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.
Decolonization and de-Russification is equal to the full restoration of Ukrainian historical and national toponymy, its modernization with the names of the latest heroes who fought for the independence and freedom of their country against the enemy. This is also important for the future reintegration of Crimea after de-occupation, in particular in the context of the visibility of Ukraine’s indigenous peoples and their right to preserve their historical and cultural heritage.