Ukraine has a long history of heroes. warriors, musicians, poets and activists. All have been willing to fight for their country against repression. Ukraine was founded in the 8th century by Volodymyr the Great. Moscow didn’t exist until three centuries later.
In the 17th century commander Bohdan Khmelnytsky led an uprising resulting in the creation of an independent Ukrainian Cossack state.
In Ukraine the name of 18th century philosopher & poet Hryhorii Skovoroda is synonymous with freedom. 19th century poet.
Artist Taras Shevchenko fought for his country with words. His poems have been translated into more than 100 languages.
Poet, writer, Ivan Franko was nominated for a Nobel Prize just before his death in 1916.
Mykhailo Drahomanov was a political theorist, economist, historian, & philosopher. In the 19th century he fought against Ukrainian repression against Russia’s internal and foreign policies.
Élie Metchnikoff pioneered research in immunology, writing ground breaking works on immunology, bacteriology, & epidemiology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908.
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