A beautiful but decrepit building in the center of Kyiv holds this fantastic art. Visiting was great for my soul. I’m reminded that I’m part of a long story. It makes me anxious for professional success, so that I can go back to writing.
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A portrait of Repin — he’s the artists who painted many scenes of Ukrainian life, include Ukraine’s most famous painting Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks
by Ruslan Ganushchak
The view from Marinsky Park.
While most national flags represent lofty concepts like fraternity, courage, patriotism, etc, Ukraine’s blue over yellow flag, perhaps reflective of our demeanor, is simply the sky over fields of wheat.
So we need something more serious when the shit hits the fan.
The red and black flag is an old Kozak flag representing blood on the earth. It was also used by Ukrainian partisans during WWII who fought both the Nazi and Soviet Armies, and resisted the Soviets into the mid 1950s.