Presentation of the exhibition “RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WARS OF THE 12th –21st CENTURIES: TESTIMONY OF ST. SOPHIA”

Presentation of the exhibition “RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WARS OF THE 12th –21st CENTURIES: TESTIMONY OF ST. SOPHIA”

St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv is a unique witness of all Russian-Ukrainian wars: from the distant 12th century to our time. The eyes of the Mother of God Oranta saw the first “February 24” in the history of Ukraine – the robbery of Kyiv, which was committed by the “first Great Russian”, prince Andrii Boholiubskyi, in 1169.

Numerous Russian-Ukrainian confrontations were engraved in the memory of St. Sophia Cathedral – they were reflected in graffiti and are reflected in the features of monumental painting.

At the beginning of the event, welcoming remarks were made by Dr. Viacheslav Kornienko, Deputy General Director of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”, Ihor Netudikhatkin, Head of the St. Sophia Museum, Robert Chyzhevsky, director of the Polish Institute in Kyiv, Ukrainian military.

The great interest of those present was aroused by the author’s tour of Ihor Netudykhatkin, which introduces the unique knowledge of the thousand-year-old walls of the Cathedral about all “February 24” in the history of Ukraine, about the invincible Ukrainian knights who, over the centuries, under the banners of Prince Konstantin Ivanovych Ostrozkyi, King Stefan Batorii, Hetmans Petro Konashevych Sahaidachnyi, Ivan Vyhovskyi, Ivan Mazepa, Pylyp Orlyk fought with Muscovites.

The ceremony of awarding the soldiers of the 114th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine became a kind of bridge from the victorious past to the heroics of the present.

At the end of the event, patriotic works performed by Honored Artist of Ukraine Taras Kompanichenko were heard.