Update 03.05.2022 – On the Ukrainian news and work of the Ukrainian Institute team

Our team would like to share a new update with you. 

Since February 24, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, millions live in danger, while 4 million fled their homes and went abroad to save the lives of themselves and their children. At least 6.5 million people have been forced to relocate to other regions of Ukraine, the UN says. As of May 2, the Office of the Prosecutor General has documented 9,247 crimes committed by the occupiers during the full-scale invasion of Russia. Russians killed 219 children, and 405 children are wounded.   


During these weeks, Ukrainians have shown an amazing example of resistance. About 23,800 Russian invaders were killed. Ukrainian forces also regained control of the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions. The Russian invaders have focused on Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions, also continuing to fire missiles on almost all regions of Ukraine. Russians continue massive strike on Mariupol, turning the city into a hell on Earth — there are 0 surviving buildings and at least 10,000 civilians have died. About 120,000 people remain in besieged Mariupol without water and food supply, electricity, awaiting evacuation, and about 60,000 more are on the outskirts of the city, says Vadym Boychenko, the mayor of Mariupol.  


The Russian invaders ban Ukrainian literature in the temporarily occupied territories and burn Ukrainian history books. There is no Internet and mobile connection in some eastern regions of Ukraine, thereby there is no access to verified information. Russian invaders spread propaganda newspapers on temporarily occupied territories.   


During all these days, the Ukrainian Institute team has been working to present Ukrainian culture abroad at numerous festivals, concerts, exhibitions, discussions, and presentations. The other major part of our work was creating informational resources about the war in Ukraine and the representation of Ukrainian identity and history in culture. Our team continues supporting Ukrainian artists and cultural actors with residence, education, and work opportunities.  


We ask all cultural institutions all over the world to suspend all projects that involve Russian institutions and individuals and not engage in any cooperation with Russian culture or the education sector.   


#BoycottRussia and #StandWithUkraine. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!  


The Ukrainian Institute team