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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Two Donetsk Musicians to Appear at Carnegie Hall

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Two musicians of the Donetsk State Academic Philharmonic won an international competition in Kazan and received invitations to perform in New York in the USA. The Philharmonic’s media office reported:

Artists of the Donetsk State Academic Philharmonic Viktoriya Goncharova (piano) and Vladimir Vaskovsky (trumpet) received invitations to perform at one of the most legendary concert halls in the world… Carnegie Hall in New York (USA).

The invitation came because they were winners in the international competition “Living Spring”, held in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation). Vaskovsky won First Prize in “Instrumental Ensemble” and Goncharova took Second Prize prize in “The Piano”. VIVA MUSIC, the organising committee of the international contest, extended the invitations to New York. The event is going to take place in June 2018. Goncharova told us that the trip to the USA was one of the prizes in the contest in Kazan and that their performance in the USA wouldn’t be under the auspices of VIVA MUSIC. The Ninth International Competition of Folk Art “Living Spring” took place in Kazan from 19 to 20 March. Soloists, ensembles, and accompanists competed at the festival… the categories included piano, string instruments, folk instruments, wind instruments, and classical vocals.

27 March 2017

DAN Donetsk News agency

https://dan-news.info/world/artistov-doneckoj-filarmonii-priglasili-vystupit-v-nyu-jorkskom-karnegi-xolle.html

Editors:

Perspirin’ minds wanna know… will these talented musicians play in the USA, or will the Uniate/schismo nationalists blubber away until the Americans forbid them entry? What I’ve seen of the loudmouth Galician nationalist diaspora in the USA and Canada doesn’t give me much hope…

BMD 

Zakharchenko: “The DNR won’t Allow Kiev to Instigate a New Outbreak of Fighting in the Donbass”

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Today, at a press conference in the Donetsk, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko said:

The DNR won’t allow Kiev to instigate a new outbreak of fighting in the Donbass. The situation on the demarcation line is grim. The only chance for Poroshenko to stay in power is a new outbreak of hostilities. The purpose of that would be to break the Minsk agreements. We won’t allow that. If needed, our armed forces will respond in kind.

Earlier, on 22 March, in a live broadcast to those living in junta-occupied areas of the DNR, Zakharchenko stated that the probability of a resumption of full-scale hostilities by junta forces in the Donbass is extremely high. At the same time, he emphasised that the Minsk-2 agreement is the only way to stop a war unleashed by the Kiev junta. At the Minsk negotiations themselves, the DNR negotiators repeated noted that the junta’s representatives deliberately delayed negotiations and avoided signing previous-agreed measures for a peaceful settlement.

27 March 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/defence/dnr-ne-dopustit-razvyazyvaniya-novogo-vitka-boevyx-dejstvij-kotorogo-dobivaetsya-kiev-zaxarchenko.html

Monday, 27 March 2017

Donetsk Greeks Celebrated Greek Independence Day with Dances and Concerts

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Today, members of the Donetsk Fyodor Stambulzhi Greek Society celebrated their past on the eve of the national holiday of their historical homeland… Greek Independence Day. Greek opera singer Medea Yasonidi, a Donbass native, attended the festive event. They held the festivities in the Electro-Technical School in Donetsk, beginning with a class in Greek dancing for all ages, with the Greek Folk Ensembles Panair and Terpsikhora taking part. Then, Yelena Prodan, the chairman of the Donetsk Greek Society, addressed the assembly, touching on the topic of the Greek War of Liberation against the Ottoman yoke in 1821-29:

Greeks around the world celebrate Independence Day, or Day of the Greek Revival, in honour of the heroes of the war of independence on 25 March.

Yasonidi added:

It pleases me that, in spite of the hostilities, the Donetsk Greek society carries on.

Yasonidi graduated conservatory in Donetsk, and now gives classes at the State Academic Philharmonic. She plans to give further classes at the Sergei Prokofiev Donetsk State Music Academy. Today’s celebration involved more than two hundred people, including those taking part in Greek and Russian musical numbers, as well as a large tea party.

The Donetsk Greek Society began in 1990, named after its first chairman, the prominent local Greek Fyodor Stambulzhi (1953-2003), and has about 1,200 members. The Society has Greek youth and women’s groups, along with sponsoring folk ensembles. It started a Greek Sunday School and helped start Greek language courses in a number of secondary schools. The Donetsk Greek Society maintains close ties with Greek associations in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Krasnodar, and participates in folk festivals in different parts of Russia. During the hostilities, they’ve received humanitarian assistance from other Greek Associations in Russia.

The history of the Greek community of the Azov region dates back to the 1770s, when more than 30,000 Greeks, Armenians, and Georgians emigrated from the Crimea. At the request of Metropolitan St Ignaty Gozadinos of Gothhia and Kafa, who feared the complete destruction of his flock in the Crimean Khanate, the Russian Empire gave the Crimean Christians resettlement assistance. The tsar allocated the Crimean Greeks land on the northern coast of the Sea of Azov near Pavlovsk, which became Mariupol in 1978. The Greek settlements in 1980 numbered about two dozen villages around the Sea of Azov. At the time of the DNR’s declaration of independence and the outbreak of war in the Donbass, there were more than 90,000 descendants of Greek immigrants, the vast majority of them living around the Sea of Azov.

26 March 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/culture-ru/doneckie-greki-otmetili-nacionalnyj-prazdnik-tancami-i-koncertom-samodeyatelnyx-kollektivov.html

Friday, 24 March 2017

24 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… I Only Wanted You to Simulate Sabotage!

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Near Kharkov, the largest Ukrainian military warehouse complex burned to the ground; 138,000 tonnes of ammunition exploded. No one saw who did it… no one knows how much is left. However, Kiev already announced that the warehouse catastrophe occurred due to sabotage.

23 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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