Tag Archives: Ukrainian Culture

Happy Easter!

We are having a very Ukrainian Easter here.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs Embroidery Pysanky in Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 2017

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Independence Day

Happy Ukrainian Independence Day. Sort of an ironic day to commemorate now…

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Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea.

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Flag Day

Today is Ukraine’s Flag Day. Perhaps a more important day now than ever.

This is a shot from Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv back in 2011, before the revolution and the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian Flags Kyiv Ukraine 15th June 2011 Sonya Oksana Heaney.

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Revolution Memorials

This is the street that connects to Kyiv’s main square, where so so many people were shot by pro-Russian snipers during Ukraine’s revolution.

There are pictures and individual memorials to each of the many dozens of people who died.

Some were still just teenagers.

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Ivano-Frankivsk

It is a major festival day in Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine today. The streets are packed. The sun came out, so it is a gorgeous afternoon.

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Random Ukrainian Church

Just a shot from the road out of Zolochiv, Ukraine this morning. It is Easter Monday here. This is a mainly Catholic area, and Catholics also celebrate on this date.

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Zolochiv

We have left Lviv now and are off into the Ukrainian countryside, the region of castles, where my grandmother was from.

It is also the site of many of the bloodiest battles of World War Two, when the Russians came through from one direction, occupying and killing, and the Germans met them from the other direction, burning all the villages (including my grandmother’s) to the ground.

I have been to the castles around here before, and so didn’t go today as I have both a cold and ruptured eardrum!!

Instead, here is a crappy picture from the car. It is the town of Zolochiv. It is Easter here, and everyone is out blessing their Easter baskets.

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