The Ukrainian ballerina defends the homeland with a weapon in hand: Art has a special role in this struggle

Lesya Vorotniuk
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Ballerina of the Kyiv National Opera, Lesya Vorotniuk, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, she decided to defend her homeland with a weapon in hand.

Lesya has long known what war looks like. Her husband was killed three years ago in eastern Ukraine, but despite the bad experience, she traveled to the front to help defend the country, writes "The Economist".

 

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At the end of February, she began helping with the evacuation of civilians, and later joined the territorial defense unit in Kyiv.

"Art has a special role in this struggle. "Russian tsars and Soviet rulers suppressed Ukrainian culture for centuries with varying degrees of ferocity by persecuting Ukrainian artists, mocking their national aspirations and suppressing their language," Lesya said.

 

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In the West, the debate about the boycott of Russian culture and artists who support the Kremlin is still ongoing.

"Foreigners do not fully understand our position because ballet is always associated with Russia. But the people in occupied Mariupol refused to take food and humanitarian aid from the Russians, they chose starvation. It is not fair for the ballet to perform Russian works while they are suffering," Vorotniuk said.

 

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And while he previously published photos of his performances, now social networks are dominated by shots from the front line. She dedicated one post to the Donetsk region.

"This area has been experiencing war since 2014. Since then fierce battles have been fought for these incredible lands... There live incredible people who deserve a free and peaceful life. I heard many stories there. Stories about the war. It was when half of our country was not even aware that a war was being waged on Ukrainian territory," she wrote, among other things, in one of her recent posts.

 

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