President Zelensky congratulates theater professionals on World Theater Day
The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his address on the occasion of World Theater Day, an Ukrinform correspondent reports, referring to the Office of the President of Ukraine.
“I sincerely congratulate the creators of theater art, everyone for whom the theater is not only a profession, but also the meaning of life and state of mind. Today, at a turning point in our country’s struggle for its freedom, independence and national identity, culture has become that soft and at the same time powerful force capable of inspiring in the new wartime reality,” Zelensky noted.
The President of Ukraine thanked all theater professionals and collectives who accepted the challenge in difficult times of trials, hold the cultural front and demonstrate patriotism, courage and unshakable faith.
“Thanks to you, theaters, among other things, continue to serve as art hubs, volunteer and humanitarian headquarters. Grateful to everyone who currently creates the art of the invincible, for every performance in a bomb shelter, a military unit or a hospital. Special respect to theater actors who have taken up arms and are bravely defending their homeland in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as to those who refused to cooperate with the occupier even in the face of a threat to their lives,” Zelensky stressed.
In his words, Ukraine’s indescribable pain is Mariupol Drama Theater.
“The targeted destruction of a theater building crowded with women and children will go down in history as one of the most horrific crimes against humanity committed by Russians. I am sure that we will rebuild the theater and bring it back to life,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
A reminder that, on March 16, 2022, Russian aircraft dropped bombs on Mariupol Drama Theater, which was used by civilians as a bomb shelter. At least 300 people were killed. Russian occupiers demolished the remains of the building to hide the traces of their crimes.
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