Secured lions waited for their time. It happened several times that a group of Polish tourists tore off the packaging and “released” the lions, not knowing what the reason for their packaging was and who had done it.
The plates protecting the lions did not withstand rains and winds, began to detach themselves over time, and one of the lions was officially unveiled wrapped in black foil. Security considerations, apart from political ones, required that something be done about it, because on windy days fragments of the packaging could start fly around the cemetery.
Visible and safe
Finally, from May 20, the lions are free or, more precisely – exposed. It happened during the period of the best possible relations between the Ukrainian and Polish states, when Poland is helping Ukraine to repel Russian aggression, and it gives Ukrainians shelter from the consequences of war.
When unveiling the lions, the mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, did not write why they were covered up. For the unveiling to make sense, the atmosphere among Lviv officials and councilors must have changed, and the city's more bloodthirsty nationalists must have been locked in the children's room by the paternal hand of Mayor Sadovyi. The unveiling means that the lions are not only visible, but also safe.
– Krzysztof Zwoliński
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists
– Translated by Dominik Szczęsny-Kostanecki