Ukrainian Artists Created the Book ‘Revolt Alphabet’

Artists have created drawings for each of the letters of the alphabet matched to the Ukrainian revolutionary theme. The book, ‘Revolt Alphabet,’ is set to be published soon. All money from its sales will be given to the the families of those who died on the barricades.

This also applies to T-shirts carrying the imprint, ‘Revolt Alphabet.’  Sales proceeds will be given to the families. Continue reading

‘Love Ukraine’ by Volodymyr Sosyura

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Ukrainian poet Volodymyr Sosiura (1898-1965) in his poem “Love Ukraine” (1944) stated that one cannot respect other nations without respect for one’s own.

Love Ukraine by Volodymyr Sosiura (1944)

Love your Ukraine, love as you would the sun,
The wind, the grasses and the streams together…
Love her in happy hours, when joys are won,
And love her in her time of stormy weather.

Love her in happy dreams and when awake,
Ukraine in spring’s white cherry-blossom veil.
Her beauty is eternal for your sake ;
Her speech is tender with the nightingale.

As in a garden of fraternal races,
She shines above the ages. Love Ukraine
With all your heart, and with exultant faces
Let all your deeds her majesty maintain.

For us she rides alone on history’s billows,
In the sweet charm of space she rules apart,
For she is in the stars, is in the willows,
And in each pulse-beat of her people’s heart,

In flowers and tiny birds, and lights that shine,
In every epic and in every song,
In a child’s smile, in maidens’ eyes divine,
And in the purple flags above the throng…

Youth ! For her sake give your approving laughter,
Your tears, and all you are until you die…
For other races you’ll not love hereafter
Unless you love Ukraine and hold her high.

Young woman ! As you would her sky of blue,
Love her each moment that your days remain.
Your sweetheart will not keep his love for you,
Unless he knows you also love Ukraine.

Love her in love, in labour, and in fight,
As if she were a song at heaven’s portal…
Love her with all your heart and all your might,
And with her glory we shall be immortal.

Translated by C.H. Andrusyshen and Watson Kirkconnell 
“The Ukrainian Poets, 1189-1962.” University of Toronto Press: Toronto, 1963.

In 2012, Oleksandr Hontar filmed a video where twelve people from nine different countries all around the world tell fragment of this poem. Almost all them are couchsurfers that stopped at Oleksandr’s place, and also foreign students from his university. During trips around Kyiv Oleksandr asked them to say a couple of lines from the poem while filming. 

 

 

A 15-meter-long piece of street art called ‘Renaissance’ was presented in Kyiv

Fragment of the graffiti ‘Renaissance’

The giant mural appeared on one of the buildings on Andryivskiy descent in central Kyiv. The French graffiti artist Julien Mallan together with his Ukrainian colleague from Sevastopol worked together on this 15-meter graffiti. Continue reading

Informational Front of Maidan

Jan 27, 10:31

Bimba Productions reports on hunting the so-called titushki and on the hottest events on Hrushevskiy Street. They ask the protesters to reflect on the current events in the country and what they think should be done next.

Documentarians have told the INSIDER why they are doing it and why one should not be afraid.

Film director and social artist #Sociopath Claudia Bukevych works on this project with the photographer Anrie Moss.

All the people involved in this project are professionals working in media industry. They have experience with filming, editing, and interviewing.

“We are the warriors of the informational front: someone builds the barricades, someone takes part in the clashes, and someone works on the ideology. We talk to people who have something to say and make sure they are heard by those who still haven’t woken up. In this way, we encourage people to make a conscious choice.

Currently there are only three people working on the project. Some videos they film themselves; others are provided by other journalists and documentarians. They are currently actively looking for other volunteers, especially those who can film in the regions. Their aim is to create a fuller and a more objective picture of the current situation in Ukraine.

Let’s Riot

If you cannot see the subtitles, please press “Captions”

The first short film produced, “Let’s Riot.” is dedicated to the events that took place on the 19th of December. “If we don’t succeed, we’ll die”, says one of the protesters succinctly. This video is about determination and irreversibility. Documents explain that it’s the civil responsibility that makes people dedicate themselves to such a difficult case. “It’s obviously difficult to film on the front, but one shouldn’t be afraid because the fear means that the system wins”. Continue reading

Stimmen des Maidan: Olga Zhuk

Jetzt kann ich wieder lachen und sogar scherzen. Doch noch ein paar Stunden zuvor stand ich mitten auf dem Maidan und heulte mir Seele aus dem Leib. Und ich konnte nicht aufhören. Ein Mädchen kam auf mich zu, umarmte mich, versuchte, mich zu beruhigen, küsste mich auf die Stirn. Ich heulte auf ihrer Schulter, wie ein Kind in Mutters Armen. Sie verstand, dass mich in diesen Minuten nur eine Umarmung retten konnte. Noch ein bisschen, und mein Herz wäre vor lauter Verzweiflung zerrissen.

Ein paar Minuten davor stand ich ruhig auf der Schovkowytschna, schaute zu, wie die Berkut vom Dach des Hochhauses Molotow-Cocktails nach uns warf, wie Demonstranten mit den Pflastersteinen nach Berkut warfen, die in “Schildkrötenstellung” standen (das ist eine Schutzposition, bei der die Kämpfer einen engen Haufen bilden und sich von allen Seiten mit Schutzschildern bedecken) und diese warfen nach uns mit denselben Pflastersteinen zurück, in einem Mix aus Gummigeschoßen und Blendgranaten. Einige der Berkut-Kämpfer kamen raus, zeigten uns, dass sie uns fertigmachen wollen und gestikulierten dabei ausdrucksvoll irgendwo in der Genitaliengegend. Wir standen trotzdem. In der Nähe standen Omas beim Borsch und Grießbrei-Ausschenken, junge Mädels liefen umher und verteilten Milch und Zitronenwasser. Continue reading

Yuriy Andrukhovych: How others perceive Maidan and why it must continue

 

Yuriy Andrukhovych never tires of speaking about Maidan or offering his own views on how to find a way out of the crisis. In an interview with Espreso.TV, the well-known Ukrainian writer shared his thoughts on who should become the next president and why what is happening on Maidan is hugely important for the country and should not be forgotten. Continue reading