Opening of "Ukrainian East" exhibition in Kiev

The exhibition of unique exhibits from the ATO "Ukrainian East" opened in the main military museum of Ukraine.

On the 17th of February in the hall of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II there took place the opening of the museum-exhibitional project "Ukrainian East". New museum project is dedicated to the victory and sacrifice of the Ukrainian patriots who are now in the Eastern territories of the Ukrainian state standing for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is the second museum project covering the war in the East. For two and a half years military men and volunteers, the volunteers and museum workers have collected more than 4 thousand authentic artifacts, half of which are now exhibited for the first time. The project partners were a team of journalists from TSN on 1+1 TV channel and the volunteers of "Black Tulip" Humanitarian mission.

The official opening ceremony commenced with the national anthem of Ukraine. Those present remembered and saw on the screen the way of performing the national anthem by the cadets of Nakhimov Naval Academy of Sevastopol in 2014, defenders of Donetsk airport in 2015 on the eve of their last battle, violinist Marina Bondas in Avdeyevka in 2017 and cellist - ATO soldier "Martin" in Kiev 2015. The anthem was performed alive by Evgeniy Romanenko, leader of TaRuta group and children Kiev education and rehabilitation center No. 6 who sang in sign language.

The official opening of the exhibition was attended by more than 100 people, including ATO soldiers and their families, the cadets of the National Defense University of Ukraine "Ivan Chernyakhovsky", Military Institute of Telecommunications and Informatization, Military Institute of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, students of the National Security Service Academy of Ukraine, National Academy of Internal Affairs, the students of Kiev Military Lyceum named after I. Bogun, headed by Igor Gordiychuk, Chief of Military Lyceum, Hero of Ukraine, school children who came to the exhibition's opening in vyshyvankas.

The exhibition was opened by Ivan Kovalchuk, CEO of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, Yevgeniy Nishchuk, Minister of Culture, Yaroslav Zhylkin, Head of "Black Tulip" Humanitarian mission, which has been engaged in search of the missing and deceased in the ATO zone, and the commanders of volunteer brigades and battalions.

The participants of the official opening of "Ukrainian East" exhibition said that the main aim of the project was creation of the ground of the Ukrainian modern history where the defenders of Ukraine will be able to meet with their fellow men, to remember about victims and bring up the youth.

The Central composition of the exhibition was the ambulance of the 17th battalion of the 57-th separate motorized infantry brigade. Together with the soldiers it has been in "hot spots" of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions, saved hundreds of wounded and took out the bodies. At the back of the hall, there are other exhibits - flags and chevrons, handed over for the museum by ATO fighters, personal things of the deceased, fragments of ammunition and weapons, documents, letters, kids' pictures, pierced with bullets and pieces plaques with the names of the Ukrainian towns which are situated in the ATO zone and have experienced military events.

Among the partners of "Ukrainian East" exhibition there are volunteers of "Black Tulip" project. Project leader Yaroslav Zhylkin said that their mission was search and evacuation of bodies. Since September 2014 to July 2015 in the framework of the humanitarian project of the Armed Forces of Ukraine "EVACUATION-200" from the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk Regions of the search groups took out more than 200 bodies. Materials, handed over by the volunteers, made up a part of composition "Way of the Cross", which represents the bloody price paid by the Ukrainian people for the right to live freely on their land.

Yaroslav Zhylkin noted that the work of volunteers of "Black Tulip" was quite hard physically and especially psychologically, and the main aim of the mission was saving the memory of heroes who have given their lives for Ukraine. "Despite the difficulties, we always tried to bring material evidence of the events from the places of fight. Today, all the unforgettable that "Black Tulip" has handed over to the main military museum of the country can be seen among the exhibits of the exhibition which speaks louder and clearer than any words ... ", said Yaroslav Zhylkin.

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