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Putin’s actions bear a striking resemblance to those of dictators such as Hitler and Stalin. They all tried to deprive the occupied nations of their identity by erasing their culture – says Tomasz Grzywaczewski, director of the film ‘Erase the Nation.’ The film premiered on 17th January 2023. Ukraine had over 5,000 museums, 65 historical-cultural...
In Ukraine before the war, there were more than 5,000 museums, 65 historical-cultural reserves, and about 170,000 monuments, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. During the nine months of the war, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine registered over 800 instances of Ukraine’s cultural heritage destruction perpetrated by the Russian military forces....
A meeting of the European Union Council on Education, Youth, Culture and Sport has recently been held in Brussels, participated, among others, by Piotr Gliński – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and Oleksandr Tkachenko – Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. “We must...
Volodymyr Vakulenko was a children’s writer, a poet and a laureate of numerous literary prizes. Russian occupiers kidnapped him and then killed him in the Kharkiv region.The children’s writer Volodymyr Vakulenko was killed in March in the village of Kapitolovka near Izyum in the Kharkiv region during the temporary occupation. The writer’s parents spent more...
Vadym Khlupyanets, ballet dancer of the Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre fell in combat for Ukraine. The artist lost his life near Bakhmut. He was merely 26 years old. Vadym Khlupyanets was born in 1996, graduated from the Kyiv Choreographic College (Kyyivsʹkyy Khoreohrafichnyy Koledzh), and became a ballet dancer at the Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s...
Within the ten months of the war in Ukraine, over 500 cases have been documented of damage to Ukraine’s cultural property perpetrated by the Russian military. The aggressor intends to destroy Ukraine’s remembrance and identity by attacking the nation’s cultural sites and institutions of culture. The destruction of each of these sites amounts to the...
In Mariupol on 19 October, the Russian occupation authorities dismantled a monument to the victims of the Great Ukrainian Famine, calling it an ‘epitome of disinformation’. The monument was dismantled with the help of a truck crane; the granite slabs are to be turned into building materials. The propaganda media are promoting the claim that...
Russia is again targeting civilians, and Ukraine’s infrastructure, culture, and heritage with missiles. On 17 October this year, another air strike on Kyiv destroyed a historical building in the centre of the Ukrainian capital. Some people managed to be rescued from under the rubble, but unfortunately, there were also fatalities. According to the Ministry of...
Yuri Kerpatenko, the conductor of the Kherson Regional Philharmonic Orchestra, has tragically died at the hands of the occupying authorities in Kherson. According to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Yuri Kerpatenko was shot dead in his own home after he refused to cooperate with the occupation authorities. Earlier, the occupiers had...
The Roman Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Berezdivitsi, Lviv Region, has been damaged as a result of the rocket fire across Ukrainian territory on 10th October. The church dates back to the 18th century and is a registered monument. Fr Damian Pankowiak, the parish priest of Berezdivitsi, recounted the dramatic...
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