Харків – місто талановитої, креативної молоді, яка створює наше майбутнє.
Заради підтримки нашого українського народу, неподільності України, підтвердження іміджевого та репутаційного статусу міста в мережі ЮНЕСКО наразі реалізується серія антивоєнних інформаційно-музичних акцій від міста Харкова, як учасника креативної мережі ЮНЕСКО.
Головна мета – інформування населення міст Європи про реальний стан війни з РФ в Україні, стан креативної сфери у Харкові під час війни, стійкості населення, діяльності міської влади, комунальних підприємств та залучення допомоги від європейських країн.
В рамках співпраці, міста, які входять до креативної мережі ЮНЕСКО, здійснили підтримку даної ініціативи. Міста Креативної мережі ЮНЕСКО долучились до ініціативи. Так, у Катовіце та Варшаві (Польща), Гельсінкі (Фінляндія), Таллінні (Естонія) та інших європейських містах відбулись благодійні виступи сучасного кросовер-оркестру Prime Orchestra. Концерт у Таллінні відбувався на День Міста, а його почесними гостями стали Президент та Прем’єр-міністр Естонії та мер міста.
На заходах по світу керівництво міст та посли країн активно виражали свою підтримку. Вони наголошували на тому, що мистецтво України вже давно інтегровано в світову культурну спільноту та по-справжньому дивує сучасністю підходів у візуальній та інформаційній подачі у музиці.
У всіх містах також презентували відео-ролик про місто-герой Харків та те, яким воно було до і стало після війни, а також виконали гімн України в сучасній обробці та українські пісні, як символ єдності та популяризації української культури.
Приєднуючись до мережі міста зобов’язуються ділитися своїми найкращими практиками та розвивати партнерські стосунки з громадським та приватним секторами та підтримувати їх, створювати спільні міжміські та міжнародні проекти, обмінюватися досвідом та залучати фінансову допомогу. Також міста зобов’язуються посилювати роль культури та креативності для реалізації Порядку денного ЮНЕСКО в галузі сталого розвитку на період до 2030 року.
Проект було створено за підтримки Міністерства культури та інформаційної політики України, Мiністерства закордонних справ, національної комісії України у справах ЮНЕСКО, профільних департаментів міста та області, із залученням креативних міст мережі ЮНЕСКО та разом із представниками креативного сектору міста Харків.
On April 27 Canadian lawmakers voted unanimously to call Russia’s attacks in Ukraine a “genocide”, with members of parliament saying there was “ample evidence of systemic and massive war crimes against humanity” being committed by Moscow. The Canadian House of Commons’ motion said war crimes by Russia include mass atrocities, systematic instances of willful killing of Ukrainian civilians, the desecration of corpses, forcible transfer of Ukrainian children, torture, physical harm, mental harm, and rape. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was “absolutely right” for more and more people to describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide, supporting an accusation made by U.S. President Joe Biden a day earlier. Previously, on April 21, the Estonian Parliament Riigikogu adopted a Statement on Russia’s war crimes and genocide in Ukraine. Also the same did the Latvian Saeima.
Occupiers hide their traces of atrocities in Mariupol
Recently massive graves of Mariupol civilians were found in several towns of Donetsk region. In Mangush town, 20 kilometers far from occupied Mariupol, occupants could have buried from 3000 up to 9000 Mariupol citizens – reports Mariupol City Council: “On Maxar satellite shootings from April 9th the sector of the mass buries in Mangush in 20 times bigger than mass graves, found in Bucha. Occupiers dug and filled the trenches with corpses daily throughout April. Our sources report that in such graves bodies are placed in numbers of levels”.
One more mass grave was revealed in the Staryy Krym (Old Crimea) town. It appeared on March 24th, after the town was occupied by russians. On the satellite photoshoot of Planet we can see that those are 60-70 meters along. Two weeks after, in the photo taken April 7th, the place of burial became larger, up to around 300 meters. In the middle of March in different parts of Mariupol and nearby areas community workers have buried up to 5000 people. According to cautious estimates, the total number killed by the Russian army in Mariupol is 22 thousand people.
“Azov” battalion, who are still in the occupied city together with the civils, announced that at the night of April 28th russian occupants inflicted about 50 air strikes on Mariupol and dropped a large number of phosphorus bombs. In particular, the bombs were dropped on a military hospital located on the territory of the Azovstal factory. On April 25th, at least 35 air strikes and bombings were reported, Mariupol Mayor Serhiy Orlov said.
The militaries estimate that during the 64 days of the war, Russia lost $ 162 million in equipment in Mariupol only, and the occupiers spent $ 288 million on ammunition and aircraft. In total, according to the commander of the Azov Regiment, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, Russia’s losses in Mariupol amounted to more than 1 billion 111 million dollars. The occupiers could have spent this money on building schools or hospitals, on providing a decent old age for their pensioners, but they chose to spend it on the destruction of Mariupol…
95% of the city’s buildings were destroyed and damaged, the city remains in a humanitarian catastrophe and danger. The Russians are systematically shelling humanitarian corridors and “filtering out” civilians. In addition to the constant shelling, about 100,000 civilians in Mariupol are already threatened by epidemics of cholera, dysentery and Escherichia coli, which can develop with the onset of heat.
Already, the air temperature has reached 20 °C. The lack of centralized water supply and sanitation, the decomposition of thousands of corpses under the rubble, and the catastrophic shortage of drinking water and food contribute to the development of diseases.
The reaction of the world
On April 28, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Kyiv. And on the day of his visit, after a three-week lull, the Russians cynically launched rockets into the capital. The rocket hit a living house and one person has already been found dead – the journalist of Ukrainian Radio Liberty Vira Hyrych. Security services are still working in the location. The day before, on April 26, Antonio Guterres visited Moscow and met with Vladimir Putin. Adviser to the head of the President’s Office Mykhailo Podoliak reminded that “the day before yesterday Mr Guterres was sitting at a long table in the Kremlin, and today explosions are heard a kilometer away from him”. Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that such an attack “says a lot about the real attitude of Russia to global institutions, the desire of the Russian leadership to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents”.
UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani said she was going to Zaporizhia to prepare for the evacuation from Mariupol.
“Secretary General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky. At his request, I am going to Zaporozhye to prepare for, I hope, the evacuation from Mariupol. The UN is fully mobilized to save the lives of Ukrainians and provide assistance to those who need it” – Lubrani wrote on Twitter.
Evacuation from Azovstal is scheduled for today, April 29. citing a source in the office of the President of Ukraine, Reuters. The evacuation of civilians from Azovstal Plant was planned for Thursday, April 28, but the process was stopped by night air shelling of the local hospital. It is noted that after the evacuation of civilians, Ukraine will try to remove the most seriously injured from the plant.
On April 28, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution proposing the immediate establishment of an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine. The document was supported by 115 PACE deputies.
The US Congress Representatives have supported a bill on land lease and protection of democracy in Ukraine. The last time a similar procedure was in place was during World War II. The bill was supported by 417 members of the Chamber, opposed by ten. It must now be signed by US President Joe Biden.
Heritage: How Lviv Protects Historical Memorials in a Wartime
Work on protecting monuments in Lviv has fled literally from the first days of the full-scale war. The active position of the community – representatives of the fields of architecture, restoration, protection of monuments, museum work, and art history – became decisive. The experience and support of foreign colleagues and partners are no less crucial. How does the Lviv community protect material heritage sites from possible threats, how do they promote the culture and history of Lviv, how can scanning objects and 3D modeling help protect heritage? Read about this work in an article of Cultural Strategy Institute.
Music for those who are fighting and those who have been killed
А concert UNBREAKABLE took place in the Lviv Philharmonic on April 19. The event gathered on the stage quintet of the famous Ukrainian musician Ihor Zakus and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Myroslav Skoryk of Lviv National Philharmonic under the guidance of conductor Volodymyr Syvokhip. The symphonic poem UNBREAKABLE was broadcasted around the world to raise funds for the Armed Forces, the AZOV Special Operations Detachment in particular.
The UNBREAKABLE programme includes works by Ihor Zakus, orchestrated for symphony orchestra and jazz quintet by the best Ukrainian orchestrators, as well as poems by Ukrainian poets which were written in the first month of the war between Ukraine and russia; poems were read by Marta Bilska (Cultural Strategy Institute) and Oleh Oneshchak, an actor of the Les Kurbas Theater, who joined the Armed Forces when the war began.
“UNBREAKABLE is about Ukrainians. Music is dedicated to them. The poems, which were written in the last month, glorify the Ukrainian people, their spirit and resilience. The compositions describe peaceful Ukrainian who becomes a battler, his parents, children, a Ukrainian woman, a Ukrainian soldier… This is a great musical canvas, flooded with poetry of Ukrainian poets about the heroic struggle of the Ukrainian people for their freedom in the war of aggression of russia against Ukraine, musical and poetic depiction of the path of Ukrainians to victory,” said Ihor Zakus, musician and composer.
Meanwhile, on April 22, the Lviv National Opera hosted an event in memory of the fallen heroes and victims of russian aggression in Ukraine. Stabat Mater by G. B. Pergolesi was performed. It is the most famous work of art of the sufferings of the Virgin Mary before the crucifixion of Jesus. The internally displaced persons were present at the event. And some of the seats were left empty: these listeners are no longer alive, there were only flowers that they could give to artists.
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Mariupol: the «heart» of a war that’s still beating
This is what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says about Mariupol, which has been surrounded by Russian troops for already a month and a half.
The situation in the city remains not only tense, but terrifying and catastrophic. The Russian military, contrary to Russian media reports, has failed to capture the main locations of Ukrainian defense units in Mariupol – the Seaport, Ilyich Plant in the north and Azovstal Plant in the south. This was announced by the adviser to the current mayor Petro Andryushchenko. The city itself has already been destroyed for 90%, and although civilians remain in it, they still have the opportunity to evacuate by their own vehicles. However, this doesn’t make the situation easier, as many properties, including vehicles, are destroyed, and going out of the basements for a few minutes is tantamount to immediately dying from bullets. The number of dead civilians, according to the head of the Donetsk region Pavlo Kyrylenko, can range from 20 to 22 thousand people.
There have recently appeared horrific reports of mobile crematorias in the city, in which invaders suppose to burn the bodies of slain and murdered Ukrainian civilians. Mariupol officials say that after the world saw the consequences of the Russian occupation of Kyiv oblast, in the cities of Bucha, Irpin, and Gostomel, the Russian authorities decided to “cover their tracks” with the help of terrorists of the so-called DNR who collect and burn bodies. Journalists believed that they would use these devices to hide losses among Russian militaries in Ukraine. It is possible that crematoria are used for both purposes.
The first news about mobile crematoria, allegedly prepared by the Russian military leadership for the war in Ukraine, appeared shortly before the full-scale invasion in February. For example, with reference to the Minister of Defense of the United Kingdom Ben Wallace, this was reported by the publication The Telegraph and Mirror.
On April 11, the Azov National Guard Regiment, which together with the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as border guards, Security Service of Ukraine and police, is holding Mariupol, declared the use of “unknown poisonous substance” by the Russians:
“Yesterday the occupiers used a substance of unknown origin against the military and civilians in Mariupol. The epicenter of the substance was removed from the location of people, so it helped them minimize contact with the substance, which may have saved their lives,” said Azov commander Denys Prokopenko.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that it is still checking the data on the possible use of chemical weapons, but admits that it could be phosphate munitions, which Russia has already used several times in this war. The Kremlin has not commented on the accusations of a chemical attack.
— The world has not seen the scale of the tragedy in Mariupol since the Nazi concentration camps. The racists turned our whole city into a death camp. Unfortunately, the eerie analogy is gaining more and more confirmation. This is no longer Chechnya or Aleppo. This is the new Auschwitz and Majdanek. The world must help punish Putin’s villains — said incumbent Mayor Vadym Boychenko.
The final stop: insidious strike on Kramatorsk railway station
Shooting at evacuation corridors, shelters, hospitals, railway stations, places of concentration of civilians – this is a typical practice for Russian troops. On April 8 the rocket attack from the Point-U complex hit on the Kramatorsk railway station in the Donetsk region where people were gathering to evacuate. The day before a cruise missile strike blocked the departure of three evacuation trains from Kramatorsk. As a result of a missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station, 52 people died and 109 were injured.
The Pentagon confirms that the “Point-U” missile at the station in Kramatorsk was released by Russia.
“Obviously, we are not buying the denial by the Russians that they weren’t responsible [for the missile attack]. I would note that they originally claimed a successful strike, and then only retracted it when there were reports of civilian casualties,” the official said.
The Pentagon also added that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has fired 1,500 missiles at Ukraine.
The life will win no matter what
Dmytro Yurin, the Mariupol citizen, escaped from the occupied city by swimming in the Sea of Azov. Dmytro fled by swimming 4 km in freezing cold water along the shoreline to reach the neighboring village and then with the help of emphatic compatriots got to Ukrainian-controlled territories. Preparing for the swimming he took two rubbish bags to tie around his socks, some string, and four 5-litre plastic bottles, for use as buoyancy aids.
Another Mariupol resident, Viktoria Dubovitskaya, said she managed to flee with her two children – Artem, six, and Nastia, two – in a private car. They had been sheltering in the drama theatre when the building was obliterated. “It was quiet. Then there was an explosion. We had to run,” she said.
Viktoria remembers the terrible hunger and fear of the days spent in the blockade. “You feel guilty when you can’t feed your kids,” she said. Ukrainian militaries then brought food including frozen fish, which was cooked outside on a wood fire. Only children were allowed to eat. Volunteers looted a shop and brought warm clothes, she said.
When the bomb fell on the Mariupol Drama Theater on March 16, Victoria Dubovitska and her two children were in the projector room. The blast was so strong that the woman was thrown and hit the wall. Another wall separating the room from the concert hall was destroyed. Two-year-old Nastya was covered with stones.
“After the explosion, screams and moans were heard, and my child was silent. And it was the worst. Only then I heard her voice. She shouted, ‘Mommy!” the woman said. Fortunately, the little girl was under the covers. This probably softened the blow. Victoria managed to dig her daughter out of the blockages of stones. She was alive. Read the uneasy and inspiring stories in the Guardian material.
I wanted to gift the gladness!
Senior lady Nadiya Krupenych from west Ukraine Ivano-Frankivsk region sent flower and tree saplings to Kharkiv after hearing on TV that Kharkiv will be planted with greenery no matter what – even during the war. Apple, cherry, peach trees and many hibiscuses were shared by Mrs Nadiya. She cried right in the post office because of sympathizing with the people of Kharkiv, which now remains one of the most damaged cities of Ukraine and still being shelled every hour.
As a token of gratitude, Nadiya Krupenych will receive flower seedlings from Kharkiv City Greening Company. The company’s employees thanked the woman for the gift and noted that the received seedlings will be planted right in the city center in the near future. In addition, it was agreed that fruit tree seedlings will be exchanged with her in the fall.
Mrs Nadiya’s gesture symbolizes something more than community in landscaping – the victory of generosity, unity and love in the gesture of humanity. That always wins.
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