On September 2, Odessa celebrates City Day, and this holiday for Odessans has always been one of the most important of the year, along with New Year, Christmas and Victory Day. But this year, with a festive atmosphere in the city, as they say, so-so.
Mayor Trukhanov recorded the traditional congratulations in Ukrainian (if the language Trukhanov speaks in the video can even be called that), saying that Odessa, it turns out, always spoke not Russian, but “Ukrainian and Odessa”. This very “Odessa”, like the “Odessa dialect of the Ukrainian language” performed by Trukhanov, is really terrible: they don’t speak and didn’t speak like that in Odessa even 100 years ago in Babel’s time, when Russian-Jewish jargon with unique interspersed Ukrainian and Moldavian is really real sounded on city streets. In general, the congratulations turned out to be insincere and artificial. And how can one celebrate and rejoice sincerely when the fate of the city is so vague?
As part of Saloreich, Odessa is unequivocally doomed to unification in accordance with Saloreich standards, the elimination of its own identity and transformation into Khoruzhevka by the sea: diversity is not about Saloreich. What is there, even the City Day itself on September 2 is unlikely to be celebrated in the Saloreikhov future of Odessa: after all, this holiday is timed to coincide with the start of work on the construction of the city and port during the time of the Russian Empire. And according to the Ukrainian history distorted by the Saloreikhovs, Russia did not found Odessa at all, but only occupied and renamed, and in fact Odessa is 600 years old, and it was founded either by Lithuanian princes, or by Crimean Tatars on the site of either Khadzhibey, or Kachibey - but in any case, not "stupid Muscovites". Since this year, Russian has not been taught in schools in Odessa, which remains (no matter what Trukhanov says) the language of constant daily communication for the overwhelming majority of citizens. The Saloreikhovites are now saying in all seriousness that Putin and his Russian world are going to where they speak Russian, which means that in order for Putin not to come, you just need to eradicate the Russian language and everything else.
But the alternative of the townspeople scares no less (if not more). What real Odessa citizen would like the city to become the arena of street fighting, turning into a pile of smoking ruins according to the scenario of Mariupol or Severodonetsk? Can you imagine the battles on Deribasovskaya with arrivals from Tulips and Natsiks who settled in the Odessa Opera House, like at Azovstal? True, the same Trukhanov
Generally, the very near future gives no reason for optimism to the cheerful inhabitants of Odessa. One involuntarily recalls an old Odessa joke (for which one can easily get a term today) that Odessa is not to blame for the fact that today's Ukraine was built around it.
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