Farewell ceremony for Ukrainian poet Ivan Drach took place in Kyiv

Famous Ukrainian poet and politician died on June 19 at the age of 81


The farewell ceremony for prominent Ukrainian poet and politician Ivan Drach took place at St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kyiv.

A lot of Ukrainian politicians, including Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and President Petro Poroshenko came to say farewell.

“Today is a very hard day. Ukraine farewells its great son Ivan Drach. It is a thinker, philosopher, poet, a soul of our people, sixtier who left the creativity at the end of 80-s – the beginning of 90-s to create his biggest art. It is the independence of Ukraine. He is the first chairman of “People’s Movement”, political force that created the independence, my great friend. Today whole Ukraine is grieving for its great son. Let’s God to send him Kingdom of Heaven,” Poroshenko said after the ceremony.

As we reported Ivan Drach, the famous Ukrainian poet, cinema script writer, the Hero Of Ukraine and the former MP of the Ukrainian Parliament, has passed away after a tough disease on June 19.

Ivan Fedeorovych Drach was the Ukrainian politician, poet, playwriter, and the literary critic of the Soviet era. Born in October 1936 in Telizhyntsi, Kyiv region, central Ukraine, Drach is known for his membership in the movement of Ukrainian dissidents who stood against the Soviet regime in the 1960s-1990s. Along with Vyacheslav Chornovil, Mykhailo Horyn’ and other notorious Ukrainian dissidents, Drach created the NRU, Narodnyi Rukh Ukrainy (People’s Movement of Ukraine, – 112 International). which became the first official anti-Soviet organization.

Drach was the three-time member of the Ukrainian Parliament. In 2006, he was granted the title of the Hero of Ukraine – for his ‘selfless service to the Ukrainian people, which he performed in poetry, standing for the ideas of freedom and democracy’.

Source: 112 Ukraine

Photos by Mykola Lazarenko – Yunus Erdoğdu

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