Martyrology of the deceased warriors in the battles for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine on the eastern territories is placed under the arch of the Moscow Gate, built in the 18th century. At one time, it was the southern entrance to the Pechersk fortress, through which there was Stara Navodnytska road that led to Moscow.
In the 21st century the war has come to Ukraine exactly out of there, the war that day after day takes away the lives of our fellow citizens. Therefore, the thousands of names of those who have given the most expensive in the battles for freedom of Ukraine are in the Moscow Gate. They are remembered every day and will be remembered forever in their homes, in the circle of friends and blood brothers. Ukraine cries for them and prays for them.
The portraits of the deceased warriors are on the symbolic altar. They are watching closely for us, who are alive: whether we will betray the interests of the country or make a mistake on the path to its freedom and independence.
The time passes as though the river of memory flowing, on which there are the memorial candles and the names, those are so dear to us. But even, when the last candle is out, we will not forget our Heroes.
Tilt your head! Enter under the arch of the ancient gate, listen to Silence, and realize the price of Life!
Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!
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!
The museum created the first digital collection – «Ukraine. Kyiv. Babyn Yar». It contains 37 unique museum artifacts that cover the tragedy of Babyn Yar, the ravine in Kyiv, where for two years, from September 29th, 1941 to September 29th, 1943 more than 100,000 of Jews, Romani people, Ukrainians and representatives of other nationalities were killed. The collection presents documents, letters, diaries, photographs, books and personal belongings of Kyiv inhabitants. This content is the first in the Ukrainian museum information space complies with national, European and world standards of museum affairs and leading representative practices.
The work on filling the first digital collection and creation of others is ongoing.