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News Tech: KYIV, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capital renamed 95 streets on Thursday as part of a drive to purge Russian and Soviet place names, Kyiv’s mayor announced a day after Ukraine marked 31 years of independence.

“(The new names) should perpetuate the memory of significant historical events of Ukraine, as well as famous figures and heroes who glorified Ukraine and fought for the independence of our state,” Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko wrote on Telegram.

Since Russia invaded in February, Ukraine has accelerated what it calls “derussification”, a campaign to shed the legacy of hundreds of years of rule by Moscow.

He said the process was far from over and promised to press ahead with the campaign.

The Azov unit, which is part of the National Guard, is lionized in Ukraine but vilified by Moscow.

Russia has accused the group of far-right views and designated it a “terrorist organisation.” That in turn has angered Ukrainian officials who warn Russia may now violate the fundamental rights of Azov prisoners of war. RegisterReporting by Max Hunder; editing by Tom Balmforth and Alistair Bell

Source: Reuters Trust Principles.

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