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The port of Odesa opened the ‘Checkpoint memory’ exhibition

Three days, from April 2 to 4 inclusive, the large hall of the Odesa passenger terminal will be hosting a mobile exhibition-museum ‘Checkpoint memory’ dedicated to the defenders of Ukraine who fell in the war with the Russian aggressor as well as ‘Homecoming’ - the art exhibition in support of Ukrainian seamen captured during the Kerch campaign in November 2018 and are still being kept in the Moscow detention center. This project is carried out with the support of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).


The highlights of the Checkpoint memory exposition are the personal belongings of the dead soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, volunteer battalions, the National Guard of Ukraine, units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine.


Some of these things were brought from the scenes by ‘Evacuation 200’, volunteers of the humanitarian mission of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the other part of the museum was given by the families of the dead servicemen. The showcases are cartridge and shell boxes. The exhibition is decorated with photographs of Pavel Netesov, a volunteer of the project ‘Evacuation 200’. The exposition is also equipped with a video guide, which tells about the efforts of volunteers to find, identify and return home the bodies of the Ukrainian military who died in Donbas.


Besides, the visitors can see the ‘Book of Memory’ of the Fallen for Ukraine with biographies and photographs of 3,815 soldiers who died in the period from March 2014 to the end of January 2018.


The opening ceremony of the exhibitions took place this morning and was attended by Admiral Igor Voronchenko, Commander of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Igor Tkachuk, General Manager of Odesa Sea Port Authority, representatives of the regional public administration, the commanders of two NATO frigates of the Mediterranean Squadron, FHH333 Toronto and F81 Santa Maria moored to the berths of Odesa port yesterday, as well as the Head of the Search Department of the Civil and Military Cooperation Administration of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vladislav Kravchenko, lieutenant-colonel, military chaplain, representatives of departments and services of the port, voluntary patriotic organizations, students of military lyceum of Odesa and journalists.


I. Tkachuk thanked the organizers of the project for choosing the passenger terminal as the venue for the exhibition.


‘I am sincerely grateful to the servicemen of the Armed Forces, the Navy for guarding our peace, borders and us, civilians going to work every day and not feeling the deadly danger, fear and pain of the frontline,’ said I. Tkachuk. ‘Our task is to support everyone and remember those who gave the most precious thing a person has — the life for our children to sleep peacefully. We must remember those who are captured, who returned wounded from the front (their life has also changed forever). I assure everyone present that the port of Odesa, the team of many thousands of specialists, will do everything possible to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Navy so that the military can do their service...’


The mobile exhibition-museum ‘Checkpoint memory’ has conducted since April 2016, when it was opened at the Kyiv Technical Lyceum. For three years, the exhibition has been held in all regions of Ukraine, as well as in Warsaw, Polish capital. According to the authors of the project, such mobile exhibitions should be opened everywhere where there are associations of parents and relatives of the victims and veteran organizations of combat sister cities. Their main goal is to educate the youth to become the patriotically motivated citizens responsible for the fate of their state.


Press Service of Odesa Sea Port Authority