#standwithUkraine

“Struggle on – and be triumphant!”

these are the words of Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet, a symbolic figure for Ukraine. The Prophet, whose calls for freedom from the yoke and the will to fight, are relevant for Ukraine today even more than ever. Today we celebrate 208 years since the great poet’s birth! And we are struggling!

“The secret is we’re not afraid Russia” 

 

On International Women’s Day, Ukrainian author Oksana Zabuzhko addressed the European Parliament on the plight of her fellow citizens under attack by Russia (video is here). 

‘‘Along with the rest of the world I cannot but admire with tears in my eyes, my fellow country women fighting alongside our men. They join the army and the civil territorial defense forces, they manage the distribution of supplies across our besieged cities (some of which like Mariupol stand on a verge of a humanitarian catastrophe), they give birth in bomb shelters, supervised by doctors online… Yes, we are strong and grateful for your support and your admiration. The problem is Putin’s bombs will not be stopped by the strength of our spirit…

Since February 24th when Russia launched its invasions conceived as a blitzkrieg only to be foiled by the ferocious determination our military and mobilized civilians one of history’s unshakable rules has been reconfirmed: in any hot war women make the most vulnerable targets if only because it’s women who remain it take care of those in need of children and the elderly. And it is precisely this living shield which Vladimir Putin now uses to break Ukrainian heroic resistance having failed to take Kyiv, Putin began shelling residential areas including elementary schools, nurseries and hospitals… Every moment of hesitation on the side of western policy makers and NATO decision makers about whether to provide Ukraine with anti-aircraft weapons – not to speak about no-fly zone – every coffee break you’re taking during your discussion about how to interfere without provoking Putin to go further, costs someone’s life most likely civilian’s – a woman’s or a child’s…

…So many human lives could have been saved if only the EU and the U.S. would have woken up eight years ago [in 2014, when Putin annexed Crimea and created two Russian-controlled military zones in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine] to the fact that the new Hitler was ready to pick up where the previous one had left off…

Putin deliberately imitates Hitler. He even uses Hitler’s very language, referring to the final solution of the Ukrainian question and barely disguising quotations from Hitler’s speech at the Reichstag on September 1st 1939… I am here to tell you, as a writer who knows something about language and how easily this power can be misused, that it is already a world war, not “a conflict in Ukraine”, as it is still described in many western media…

Woman of Ukraine are fleeing from the Russian bombs flattering their homes while the Ukrainian men stay to fight as long as it’s needed to free Europe from the specter of new totalitarianism. They all know their job – both, men and women, – please do not be afraid to protect the sky above them!’’

 

 

Writers & #PhilosophersForUkraine

 

The philosophical community speaks out in support of Ukraine. Here is web platform Philosophers for Ukraine, where philosophers and philosophy researchers publish their thoughts on why “Putin Will Fall Into the Dustbin of History”, why “Russian soldiers in Ukraine are guilty of both fighting in an unjust war and violating the rules of war” and why “The Ukrainians are fighting for freedom, self-determination, and the rule of law”. Saulius Geniusas, Professor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, writes in his text:

“Putin has three great weapons: the atomic weapon, narrow self-interests of other nations, and fear. We cannot deprive him of the first one, but we can deprive him of the other two. By means of sanctions, the international community can demonstrate that when need arises, it can set its own narrow interests aside. As far as the third weapon is concerned, the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people continues to demonstrate that we do not need to be afraid. This is extremely inspiring, for it reminds us that we are not just creatures driven by pragmatic interests, but that we are also committed to values that are more important to us than anything else. The Ukrainians are fighting for freedom, self-determination, and the rule of law. They are fighting for our values; they are fighting for us.”

World-famous authors are not silent about the situation in Ukraine. Writers and musicians from different countries continue to express support for Ukraine, spread information on how to help Ukrainians today, volunteer and donate money.

So, Stephen King, Linwood Barclay, Rebecca F. Kuang and others refuse contracts to translate their books in Russia. Joanee Rowling wrote on her Twitter that she would donate 1 million pounds for humanitarian aid to children in Ukraine. Lumos, the Rowling’s Charitable Foundation, is raising costs to help the Ukrainian children. 

 

Ukrainian artists in Paris

 

From the very first day of Russia’s invasion, we, Ukrainian artists in Paris, providing intensive informational and propaganda work. Creating “Stop Putin” posters, organizing rallies, which are now, by the way, supported by the Paris City Council. As well we have involved the Académie des Beaux-Arts  in cooperation – they do enjoy supporting us and help with printing posters, disseminating information about what’s really going on in our country. Also we have organized an art exhibition for supporting the Ukrainian army.

 

How to support Ukraine

 

  • to donate for supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine

/ NGO «Virmenska 35», special account for support the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in U.S. dollars, euros, hryvnias: info here.

// The National Bank of Ukraine, special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine in (U.S. dollars, euros, UK pounds, hryvnias).

/// The Come Back Alive foundation

 


  • to join defense of Ukraine

A website to join the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine: https://ukrforeignlegion.com/. The only governmental site supplying official information on entering the International Legion: https://fightforua.org/

Photo: Ministry for Veterans Affairs of Ukraine / Мін Ветеранів Facebook

 

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12th day of the new reality

Ukrainians continue to call on NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine to help save the lives of people. So, according to preliminary data, within the 10.5 days of the Russian invasion, 38 Ukrainian children were killed and 71 injured by Russian shelling. Source: Ukraine’s Ombudsperson Ludmyla Denysova.

Marina Yatsko, left, runs behind her boyfriend Fedor carrying her 18 month-old son Kirill who was killed in shelling, as they arrive at a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Russian occupiers in Ukraine have shut down 34 hospitals, the Ministry of Health said. Some hospitals have their buildings destroyed, some are being left with no water or electricity supply, and some are not able to work at all. 6 medical workers died.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians require immediate evacuation. Cities, towns, and villages in Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions are in the most need of access to humanitarian corridors. The agreements between Ukrainian and Russian sides about humanitarian corridors from Mariupol and Volnovakha were broken by the Russian side. The citizens are in very difficult circumstances.

At least 1.2 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion, the UN estimates.

Ukrainians cross under destroyed bridge to evacuate city of Irpin hit by Russian air strike - ABC News

The people crowds under the destroyed bridge waiting for evacuation, Irpin, Kyiv region / Emilio Morenatti for AP

The Ukrainian cities that suffered the most from the Russian invasion have been graced the Hero-cities status. These are Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kherson, Hostomel, Volnovakha. So, in Kherson, hundreds of people went to a peaceful meeting carrying Ukrainian flags, to show the Russian military  that they are the occupier and no one was waiting for them here.

Destroyed City Center of Izyum, Kharkiv district

 

Today, on March 7, the hearings under Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia in genocide case have been commenced at the UN International Court of Justice. The delegation appeals to the UN ICJ to impose the following precautionary measures in this case, in order to stop the bloodshed: the Russian Federation must immediately stop the hostilities which have been started on the territory of Ukraine dated February 24, 2022; the Russian Federation must make sure immediately that every military and any other armed formations under its authority, supervision or influence stopped to engage the hostilities.

 

“We Are All Ukrainians Now”

 

Tens of thousands join rallies around the world in support of Ukraine. Demonstrators gathered in cities across Europe, the US and South America to demand an end to Russia’s invasion

“We Are All Ukrainians Now” – these words belong to Adam Michnik, journalist, editor-in-chief of the Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. The author wrote:

“Putin’s thuggish attack is reminiscent of tactics used by Hitler and Stalin. The Russian president also reaches extensively and shamelessly for rhetoric used by the most notorious totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.

…Ukrainians are possibly the most unlucky nation in Europe. Despite their stubborn, heroic, years-long struggle, they have never managed to create and protect their own state. They were the victims of Russification and deprivation, discrimination and repression, they were imprisoned and tortured. They were victims of the great famine and the Stalinist terror of the 1930s. They died at the hands of the Nazi occupiers and later at the hands of Stalinist oppressors. 

And in every generation, they have always repeated that “Ukraine is not yet lost”. 

…We must say it loud and clear – we are all Ukrainians now. In Warsaw and in Paris, in Berlin and in Prague, in London and in Budapest, one thing must be said loudly: today, Ukrainians are not only fighting for themselves; they are fighting “for our freedom and yours”.

Large crowds marched in Zurich on Saturday. Photograph: Michael Buholzer/EPA 40,000 people took part in the rally to demand the withdrawal of Russia’s troops from Ukraine on the invasion’s 10th day, Switzerland’s ATS news agency reported

Among those who are with us in our struggle against the Russian aggressor are many Belarusians who now live in Ukraine and outside Belarus. They fight alongside the Ukrainian military, volunteer, help refugees, donate, join actions in support of Ukraine… And for us, these people are the true Belarus! In his open letter Belarusian opposition writer and translator Alhierd Bacharevič explains his personal pain over and guilt for the war on Ukraine, but also that of his compatriots, and the difference between Lukashenko’s regime and Belarus which a lot of Belarusians struggle for.

“…The essential difference is that those who dream of another Belarus, who for years have been trying to make that dream become a reality are conscious of an immeasurably greater, more powerful affinity with you [Ukrainians] than with all those generals and soldiers of ours [Belarusians] who have now invaded your territory. …You Ukrainians are defending your country. Your regular army, your territorials, every Ukrainian man and woman are standing together to repel the invaders. Your war is one of defence and liberation. Your road to freedom has already made it abundantly clear that Putin’s Empire will never be able to claim you back in its prison. Ukraine has already changed for ever.”

A group of eminent writers has appealed to Russian speakers around the world to convey the truth about the war in Ukraine by directly contacting Russian citizens using “all possible means of communication”. It comes as the Russian government cracked down on access to news and information about the invasion of Ukraine by blocking media resources (like BBC, Radio Liberty, DW). The appeal was signed by 17 authors, including Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich, Russian authors Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Lev Rubinstein and others. 

 

The European Capital of Culture supports Ukraine! 

 

Kaunas 2022 – operator-organization for “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” programme. It has supported Ukraine even before the russian invasion started. Kaunas 2022 are now reviewing annual events programme and cut the connection with both russian and belarussian cities, organizations and individual artists, also actively participating in volunteering, fundraising to support Ukrainian Army and refugees. 

Photo: M. Plepys

 

 

In the first days of war Kaunas 2022 called on every russian woman to sing in the petition to stop the war: 

“Mothers, wifes, daughters and sisters of Russia, we invite you to, together with women all around the world, resist what is now happening in Ukraine. Be bold to change your silence and indifference, spotted with the blood of Ukrainian kids, to courage and firmness to fight for all of our kids!” – said the ambassador of Kaunas 2022 Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė.

Also lots of European Culture Capital programmes were canceled or directed to support Ukraine, for example the Happiness Day celebration is canceled, as far as happiness, according to what organizers said, is a deficit now. Costs, raised from tickets to Marina Abramovich lecture (serbian artist), will be directed to Ukrainian Culture Programme, supporting artists that arrived in Kaunas as a short-time refugees. 

NB: earlier Serbian artist appealed to the public with the call to support Ukrainians and stop putin’s regime. 

“The wars are different but the outcomes are the same. Just as we unified to defeat the insane Nazi regime, the world musr come together in the aid of Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the brave men ans women of Ukraine”, – said Abramovich. She also shared her thought in the following video.

 

How to support Ukraine

 

  • to join defense of Ukraine

A website to join the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine: https://ukrforeignlegion.com/. The only governmental site supplying official information on entering the International Legion: https://fightforua.org/

 

  • to donate for supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine

NGO «Virmenska 35», special fundraising account for support the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in U.S. dollars, euros, hryvnias: info here.

The National Bank of Ukraine, special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine in (U.S. dollars, euros, UK pounds, hryvnias).

The Come Back Alive foundation. 

 

 

 

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Lviv City of Literature

Hnat Khotkevych Palace Of Culture

 

#standwithUkraine. March 4th-5th.

Dear friends of Ukraine!

The 10th day of war in Ukraine. The 10th day of war against humanity. We have no words to react to the horrific events we see in Ukraine caused by Russian aggression today. Killing civilians. Killing children. Raping women. Destroying civilian infrastructure. Obstructing humanitarian corridors, shelling a nuclear power plant that threatens the future not only of Ukraine, but also Europe and the whole world… It is a terrorism itself. All we know for sure is that these actions of the Russian Federation and the Russian military will meet its punishment.

 

Time for Justice

On the 3rd of March the International Criminal Court (the Hague) made a decision to send a team to investigate the war crimes in Ukraine. 

The decision was made after 39 countries that are parties to the Rome Statute that established the court petitioned the ICC to begin an investigation. The prosecutor of ICC said: “These referrals enable my Office to proceed with opening an investigation into the Situation in Ukraine from 21 November 2013 onwards,” Khan added that its scope would encompass “any past and present allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide committed on any part of the territory of Ukraine by any person”.

The Ukrainian military carries the baby across the destroyed bridge in Irpin, Kyiv region, March 3. Photo: Timothy Fadek / Redux for CNN

Russian attack on humanity

There is no other word how you would call what is happening right now in Ukraine. Russians are killing people. Lots of them.  

So, as of March 4, 188 Ukrainians, including 122 civilians (5 children among them) had died from the hands of Russian invaders in Kharkiv region. On the 4th of March, in the village next to Kyiv, as a result of shooting, 8 private living houses went on fire. 2 kids were injured. As a result of the shooting, 5 people (among them 3 children) died. In Zhytomyr a rocket hit in school building. Russian troops use weapons banned in war. 11 cases of rape of Ukrainian women by russian soldiers were recorded in Kherson. According to the doctor of the Karabelesh polyclinic, five victims survived.

Ukrainian cities have not seen such inhuman cruelty since the Nazi occupation. Russia destroys civil infrastructure: neighborhoods, schools, universities, hospitals, storage, TV tower, vehicles… Russia has repeatedly violated the rules of international humanitarian law, which requires the initiation of proceedings in the International Criminal Court.

Cover of the American magazine Politico

Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Ukrainians, our enemy has led most of its army to our country. Almost all of russia is thrown against our people. But the heroic resistance of Ukrainians for nine days alone is saving our country from this invasion. Ukrainian cities have never seen such an inhuman rage since the Nazi occupation. Chernihiv, Okhtyrka, Kharkiv again, Mariupol. They are purposely destroying civil infrastructure. Destroying people. Living districts. Only yesterday in Chernihiv russian bombs killed 47 people. Peaceful people.”

 

It’s not Nuclear winter… yet

On the 4th of March russian troops attacked the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the 9th largest in the world based in Energodar. It has six reactors, each generating 950MW, and a total output of 5,700MW, enough energy for roughly 4m homes. Ukrainian authorities said the facility was secured and “nuclear safety is now guaranteed”. 

Nuclear power plant is under control of russian military now. The thoughtless actions of the russian army can lead to a global environmental catastrophe that will be 6 times stronger than the Chernobyl disaster.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has decided to launch a 24-hour Center for Incidents and Emergencies due to a fire at the Zaporizhzhya NPP caused by shelling by Russian invaders.

 

ЗАЕС, ФОТО: GETTY IMAGES

 

And what about NATO?

At the same time, NATO still don’t agree to close the sky over Ukraine. Within the emergency meeting of NATO in Brussels the question of No-fly zone was raised, however, there wasn’t any agreement among allies. According to “European Truth”, this was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“It was mentioned. But the Allies agreed that we do not need NATO planes to be in Ukrainian airspace or NATO troops on Ukrainian territory,” he said.

The former US general and former special envoy to Ukraine called for a no-fly zone. After additional questions from Ukrainian journalists if the Alliance can recall its position, general secretary of NATO gave a hint that this is impossible.

“NATO is not part of the conflict,” alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of the meeting. “We do not seek war, conflict with Russia. At the same time, we need to make sure there is no misunderstanding about our commitment to protect all allies.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed that NATO “seeks no conflict” but is “ready for it.” Stoltenberg condemned attacks on civilians and said those and the attack on Zaporizhzhya show “the recklessness of this war and the importance of ending it and the importance of Russia withdrawing all its troops and engaging in good faith in diplomatic efforts.” Source: RadioLiberty.  

 

Guarding the culture and by culture!

 

It’s uneasy even in those cities where shots are not heard. No one stands aside. These days Lviv is working on conservation and hiding valuable heritage objects: monuments, historical buildings, museum artifacts. Sculptures that are difficult to move into shelters are wrapped with a special material in several layers: non-combustible fabric, glass and foil. For example, heritage specialists have already wrapped the fountains in the Rynok Square and some of the figures around the main City cathedrals. Museums are working on strengthening their funds.

Rynok square, Lviv, Маrch 4 / Yulia Khomchyn Facebook

Also Lviv artists, sculptors, designers, wood and metal craftsmen and many other creative representatives from the local Ivan Trush Art Collage and Art Academy have united to defend cities and work 24/7 on welding the metal protective structures. 

Of course, this is now typical for all residents of Lviv and West-side Ukrainian cities, regardless of activity type or education. Protection, mobilization of resources, helping refugees – this is the most important thing to do right now. The struggle continues!

Hope, these precautions won’t meet its purpose. Nevertheless: Prepared = Armed as we say.

 

Voices of the World

 

Paul McCartney, musician: Remembering playing for our friends in Ukraine in Independence Square in 2008 and thinking of them in these difficult times. We send our love and support. 🇺🇦 #StandwithUkraine

Світлина від Paul McCartney.

Source: Paul MaCartney Facebook page

 

J.K. Rowling, writer: War shatters childhoods and tears families apart. @lumos has launched an appeal to help the c100k children trapped in orphanages in #Ukraine

 

Mila Kunis, actress, and her husband Ashton Kutcher are raising money for relief efforts and promising to match up to $3 million. They plan to send the money to Flexport and AirBnB to assist in providing housing and supplies to refugees in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. :  “…Today I have never been more proud to be Ukrainian… The events that have unfolded in Ukraine are devastating. There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity.”

 

Support Ukraine & #StandWithUkraine!

Jews pray for Ukraine near the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

 

Cryptofound of Ukraine during this week raised over 50000000$ in cryptocurrency for Ukrainian support. That’s unbelievable unity facing fighting putin and protecting democracy. 

Still, we always need financial support and here are the ways to donate: 

NGO «Virmenska 35» (“ВІРМЕНСЬКА-35”) in Lviv opened a special fundraising account. Purposes of cost transfer should be marked as: «charity», «support the Armed Forces of Ukraine». The account was established to receive transfers from international partners and donors in both foreign currency (U.S. dollars, euros) and hryvnias. You can find info here.

 

А special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine from The National Bank of Ukraine accepts multiple currencies (U.S. dollars, euros, UK pounds, hryvnias). And here is info about an opportunity to support the Ukrainian military through the Come Back Alive, the foundation providing support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces since 2014.

You can help Ukraine in different ways. Here it is! 

 


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Cultural Strategy Institute 

Lviv City of Literature

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