Brest Peace

Exhibition project «Brest Peace» is dedicated to one of the most significant events in the history of Ukrainian state-building. 100 years ago, on February 9, 1918, a peace agreement was signed between the countries of Quadruple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey) and the Ukrainian People's Republic, which was the first manifestation of diplomacy for the young Ukrainian state, an evidence of the international recognition of its independence and the formation of a nation.

The exposition is presented in the form of a trident. After all, this very famous symbol from the Old Russian era was approved in 1918 as the Emblem of the Ukrainian National Republic (UNR). The exhibition presents materials from the funds of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in Second World War, the Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine, the Olzhych Library, as well as from the private collections of Oleksii Sheremetiev and Dmytro Pirkl.

Among the artifacts you can see: the documents, in particular the texts of the universalists of the Ukrainian Central Rada, brochures and books, photographs and posters of 1914 – 1918, illustrations from newspapers and magazines, samples of weapons and military equipment of the armies of Quadruple Alliance and Entente, personal belongings of Ukrainians – participants of the First World War.

The «Brest Peace» exposition can be visited during the year of 2018. It is intended for a wide audience; the exhibition aims to revive historical memory and to form a civil position of the museum visitors.

City of Mercy. Mechnikov’s Hospital

Dnipro ... This city has become an outpost between war and peace. It is in its streets almost every day the ambulances rush, leaving pulsating pain and inexhaustible sense of anxiety. The final destination of the route is Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital named after I.I. Mechnikov. For the past four years all Ukraine has been watching for the work of doctors from this hospital, holding the breath. That's how long these angels guard the line of life and death. During the war in Eastern Ukraine more than 2,500 wounded passed through their caring hands, sensitive hearts and merciful souls; they performed thousands of surgical operations and rehabilitation measures, 99% of the wounded Ukrainian soldiers, taken from the frontline, were saved by them.

The exhibition "The City of Mercy. Mechnikov’s Hospital" created under the "Ukrainian East" project tells about the selfless work of the doctors from the hospital named after I.I. Mechnikov, their self-sacrifice and high professional skills.

The curve of the symbolic cardiogram shows how all these years the heart of Ukraine was beating in unison the events on the frontline. The peak points of the curve were the Savur Grave, Ilovajsk, Donetsk Airport, Debaltseve ... It was at that time when the tension was growing in the operating rooms of the "city of mercy". The interior of the operating room is reproduced from the artifacts brought from the hospital. The exciting lines from the diary of the chief physician Serhii Ryzhenko have become the “nerve” of the exhibition. The story of the best doctors is intertwined with the stories of soldiers saved by them.

Let’s forgive us the rest of the glorious physicians who are fighting for the lives of the wounded soldiers both on the frontline and in the hospitals. The story about them is still ahead.

And we dedicated this exhibition to a unique team of doctors from the hospital named after I.I. Mechnikov − angels from the "city of mercy". This year Dnipropetrovsk Regional Hospital named after I.I. Mechnikov celebrates 220 years since its foundation.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!

Ukrainian East

Museum exhibition project the «Ukrainian East» is created for the Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and is dedicated to the victory and sacrifice of patriots of Ukraine who are currently defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity in the eastern part of our country.

This is the second museum project in this topic. The first one was the «Ukraine. The realities of modern warfare» consisted of ten exhibitions. For three years the employees of National Museum have collected more than 4000 authentic exhibits that give an accurate portrayal of the events in Eastern Ukraine. Half of them are represented at a new exhibition; the majority of them are exhibited for the first time.

The team of journalists of «1+1» TV Channel of the Television Service of News (TSN) and the volunteers of «Black Tulip» Humanitarian Mission are the partners of the project.

Structurally, the exhibition consists of sections which tell of the participation of various military formations and volunteer battalions in combat operations in Eastern Ukraine.

The chaplains who care about the life of a soldier, the doctors who are designed to treat wounded soldiers' bodies in the field, the volunteers whose unselfish assistance saved our men especially in the first months of confrontation, the journalists whose reports bring us the bitter truth about the war are united in symbolic battalions in the exhibition.

A symbolic «foreign legion» is presented at the exhibition in recognition of the fraternal assistance. Among the defenders there are Belarusians, Georgians, Chechens and the representatives of other nations who protect Ukraine.

Taken together, these museum stories reflect the heroic and tragic events of 2014 – 2017 where the fate of Ukraine is being solved today. In the prologue to the exhibition there is a collection of flags and chevrons given to the Museum directly by combatants.

Accent composition of the exhibition the «Way of the Cross» symbolizes the bloody price which is being paid by our people for the right to live freely in their country. The difficult fate of residents of Donbas who were in the war zone is represented in the composition of «Civilians».

The gallery of works of famous press photographers supplements the picture of events in the Ukrainian East. The lines of the National Anthem of Ukraine and the poems of famous Ukrainian poets emphasize the idea of the exhibition about sacrifice of our people in struggle for freedom and invincible faith in the victory. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!

From the trenches of the First World War

These soldiers’ relics have got to us from the trenches of the First World War. As living witnesses of the violent events, they can tell a lot, you just have to listen to it.

1916... Zakarpattia, the mountain Kukule... The sky is burning glow. The screams, groans, roar of shells and whistle bullets are merged in one hum. There is a bloody confrontation...

This is one of the episodes of the First World War. The war has separated the sons of Ukraine divided by Zbruch on different sides of the front.

Almost 3,5 million of Ukrainians were mobilized in 1914 – 1917 into the army of the Russian Empire. Every tenth of them was killed. In the army of another empire, Austria-Hungary fought more than 700 thousand of Ukrainians. 320 thousand of these people were killed or wounded. They gave their lives and health, they fought «brother against brother», for the interests of foreign states, not having their own country, as it has been for centuries before and lasted until the gaining independence of Ukraine.

The relics presented at the exhibition that found during the expedition «Cheremkha – 2016» in Zakarpatska region, at the positions of the First World War that passed throughout the mountain Kukule, by the searchers of All-Ukrainian public organization «Union "People's Memory"» (Ya.O. Zhylkin as a chairman), who annually keep watch memory on the fields of battle of the First and Second World Wars. Recently they joined the humanitarian mission «Black Tulip» for search, exhumation and delivery to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities the remains of fallen soldiers, the grandchildren and the great grandchildren, the participants of World Wars, who defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country in its eastern regions.

The preservation of the memory of those killed is one of the indicators of the level of civilization of nations. Let us offer our greetings to the memory of fallen Ukrainian soldiers killed in all times, in all wars!

An integral part of the exhibition «From the trenches of the First World War» is the materials from the collection of the researcher Dmytro Pirkl that are informed us of activities of Union for the Liberation of Ukraine (SVU) which is one of the factors of struggle of Ukrainian people for obtaining of statehood.

Oleksandr Klymenko. From combat album

Episodes of combat life at the «zero» and in the front zone: artillery duel, trenches, dugouts, and large number of shot bullets, blood on bandages, «two hundred» who were standing side by side with their sworn brothers even yesterday defending their native land, destroyed houses and 12 sunflowers as the 12 apostles of faith in our Victory who appear from the frontline photo...

You are at the exhibition of the famous Ukrainian photojournalist «Oleksandr Klymenko. From combat album». It is based on feelings, associations, semantic parallels from which a picture of the war is composed and which was seen by the man with the camera.

What an exhibition is about? Oleksandr Klymenko answers himself:

«In these moments in the east ... the people of my country are dying. I want you to know about it. That is why I ride to war; I try to bring to people what is going on there through the pictures and show the heroism of ordinary Ukrainians who defend the independence of its state, and perhaps also the freedom of Europe. I'm not a soldier, I'm only a photojournalist».

About the author. A native of Chernihiv region. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Since 1991 till now he is a photojournalist of the newspaper «Voice of Ukraine». The first military plots were filmed in 1992 in Transnistria. Then, there were former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He was wounded in January 2014 during the Revolution of Dignity. He repeatedly rode to the area of hostilities from the beginning of the Russian military aggression in the East of Ukraine. He is the author of four photo albums: «Ukraine. 10 years of development» (2001), «Peacekeeping activity of the Ukrainian army. The First Decade» (2004), «Through the Fire and the Tears» (2009), «The Frontline Album» (2016).

He had personal photo exhibitions at the UN Headquarters in New York (2012), at NATO Headquarters in Brussels (2012, 2013, 2014), in Lithuania (2015), in Poland (2015, 2016), in Luxembourg (2015), he was a participant of collective exhibitions about the war in Ukraine in the UK Parliament (2015) and in Denmark (2014).

The Death Road

The exhibition «The Death Road» was created for the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar. It showed enormous scope of the Nazi genocide directed against Jews and Roma in Europe, including Ukraine. It was introduced more than 500 exhibits.

The main idea of the exhibition is to remind the world community the paradigmatic truth that the right to life and freedom is the highest value of humanity, and despite any manifestations of xenophobia and chauvinism of totalitarian systems the future is created only according to the ideals of democracy, tolerance and civilized resolution of conflicts; due to the key aspects to understand the most diverse dimensions of this tragedy and to be involved in solving of contemporary problems.

Documentary and relic items, placed at the exhibition, are grouped into three thematic clusters: «When the World Is Falling Apart», «The Crushed Sound» and «The Death Walks the Earth».

Documentary and relic items, placed at the exhibition, are grouped into three thematic clusters: «When the World Is Falling Apart», «The Crushed Sound» and «The Death Walks the Earth».

Documentary and relic items, placed at the exhibition, are grouped into three thematic clusters: «When the World Is Falling Apart», «The Crushed Sound» and «The Death Walks the Earth».

In the first one there is a relic composition «When the World Is Falling Apart» that have the very same name of dominant artistic panel of Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko, in the context of which the Babyn Yar tragedy appears as an image of memory and simultaneously the shame of the twentieth century. In this cluster there are the authentic cobblestones from Melnykova Street, along which the death road of the Jews – Kyiv residents passed through to Babyn Yar, as well as the hurriedly packaged things of deprived people, photo enlargements, works of art, post cards that expose the occupation policy of the Nazis and emotionally prepare the visitor for the perception and awareness of the Babyn Yar tragedy.

The second cluster «The Crushed Sound» has the same name as an artistic panel. In the center of the composition there is a piano. In one time, this musical instrument belonged to 32-year-old Kyiv resident Yelyzaveta Briskman-Repnina, who died in Babyn Yar in September 1941.

The third cluster «The Death Walks the Earth» reveals the essence of the «Jewish Question» in Nazi ideology and shows the Holocaust in Ukraine as a means of its «decision». Postcards, newspapers, documents, personal belongings of genocide victims form the basis for documentary exposition.

«…The events of the past require us to educate new generations on the principles of respect for human dignity, tolerance, fundamental rights and freedoms of a person. That’s exactly what Ukraine is struggling for», – the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pointed out in a speech in Knesset of the State of Israel in December 2015.

Donetsk Airport ... Hell’s Lane

«Airport ... Hell’s Lane» is the first attempt to talk in museum about the epic of defense of Ukrainian Thermopylae – Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport which continued during 242 days.

All those days the Ukrainian nation holding its breath watched the development of events in the terminals that were shot with bullets and other buildings of the airport, was proud of the courage of sons of the nation and prayed for them. And they have won.

It was not just a military victory: the enemy did not seize strategically important object. It was a moral victory. The victory of the defenders’ fortitude of Motherland who fought for the fate of Ukraine which destiny was determined on the ruins of the airport. The constructions of buildings did not endure but «cyborgs» didn’t give up.

A year later we remember all those who were writing the history of defense of Donetsk airport and positions around it day by day. They did this in hellish battles giving their blood, strength and lives.

Honor and glory to the soldiers and commanders of units:

the 1st Separate Guards Tank Brigade, the 17th Separate Tank Brigade, the 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade, the 57th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, the 79th Separate Airborne Brigade, the 80th Separate Airborne Brigade, the 81st Separate Airborne Brigade, the 95th Separate Airborne Brigade, the 3rd Separate Special Forces Regiment, the 74th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mariupol Battle group of Special Forces Regiment of MIA «Dnepr-1», the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps «Right Sector», the Volunteer Battalion of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), the Separate Volunteer unit «Carpathian Sich», They have become heroes of TV, radio and Internet plots, newspaper articles, books, movies and museum exhibitions.

The exhibition «Airport ... Hell’s Lane» is the special project of the museum organized for the anniversary events. Materials have been gathered all over Ukraine. The most valuable things left in memory of the fallen defenders of the airport (photos, documents and personal belongings) were given to the museum by parents and widows. Cyborgs’ smoked and covered with the airport dust military equipment has been sent by the post or with the help of volunteers from different regions of Ukraine where now defenders of Donetsk stronghold serve or live after demobilization.

«Wounded car» during the battle for the airport «ISUZU TROOPER» was transported from Kirovohrad. Soldiers of the 3rd Separate Special Forces Regiment consider it as a member of their unit.

Serhii Loiko, the correspondent of «Los Angeles Times» was the only representative of foreign media who stayed at the airport during the siege. He gave the photographs to the museum that reflect the tension of confrontation.

The exhibition was created in such a way. The composition «Airport … Hell’s Gate to Heaven» is its culmination and dedicated to the last defenders of the airport who died under ruins of buildings when metal and concrete did not stand the test of fire.

Remember their faces and names.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!

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