Saturday, January 02, 2016

Donetsk Airport

Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy performed at Donetsk Airport on 1 March 2014.This song is considered to be the "anthem of Europe."


Just weeks after this performance, Russia dispatched its proxies in Donetsk, who attacked this beautiful new building with the intention of destroying it. This is what "Russkie Mir" (Russian peace) looks like. Any wonder Ukrainians are fighting back?



The Ukrainians who defended their airport against foreign aggressors were nicknamed "Cyborgs" because they continued to outwit the Russian aggressors and impeded their progress in occupying Ukrainian territory.

I was honoured to visit a wounded Ukrainian "Cyborg" in Kyiv last spring. His story is very inspiring. If you haven't seen my video with footage of that visit, check it out here.

If you like it, please leave a comment, here and/or on YouTube. I have more photos and footage I'd like to share from that and previous trips in video, so I'd appreciate your feedback to help me make them as interesting and informative as possible. 

4 comments:

martin said...

Thank you for posting the video on YouTube, it was very powerful.

I'm visiting Ukraine later in the year and am trying to learn some of the language before I leave.

Martin

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The music is spine tingling. You have provided a powerful, powerful juxtaposition of sheer beauty and abhorrent devastation in this post!

Pawlina said...

Thank you for your comment, Martin. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Have a great trip to Ukraine!

Pawlina said...

Thanks, Penelope. I was struck by the contrast and felt compelled to share it. I just don't understand the destructive mindset that is fueling this horrid war.