Boogeyman instead of St. Nicholas: occupants banned "Ukrainian" holiday in Luhansk region
The Russian occupiers have banned St. Nicholas Day in the Luhansk region, claiming that it is a "Ukrainian" holiday. The invaders decided to send greetings to children from the Tatarstan "Boogeyman" (Kish Babay).
This was stated by the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Artem Lysohor. He briefly described the events that characterize the current situation in the occupied territories of the region.
According to him, the celebration of St. Nicholas Day was banned in all educational institutions in the temporarily occupied city of Starobilsk.
"They say that this is a purely Ukrainian holiday, so no gifts should be prepared for children. Instead, the children will be greeted by Kish Babay from Tatarstan, who was granted the so-called patronage over some of the occupied communities in the Luhansk region," the official explained.
He added that one such "boogeyman" had already performed at the so-called national economy exhibition on December 2, where many children from the temporarily occupied areas of the Luhansk region had been forcibly brought.
The Russians claim that Kish Babay from Tatarstan is somewhat similar to Santa Claus, but he is allegedly a "modern wizard" who has much "better" clothes and a larger retinue.
Regarding the fighting, Artem Lysohor emphasized that Ukraine's defenders continue to repel the Russian invasion near Stelmakhivka in the Svatove district.
The enemy does not abandon its intentions to seize Serebryany foresty, where it was stopped by Ukrainian soldiers four times yesterday.
"The occupants' cannon and rocket artillery are working at full capacity in any weather. The shelling of settlements and fortifications is now as dense as possible," the head of the RMA emphasized.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, brainwashing of children has become one of the priorities of the Russian "authorities" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. The invaders are trying to act ahead of possible resistance from teenagers, especially in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.