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in the Swedish city of Kristianstad the sculpture and the commemoration plate to the Ukrainian Hetman Pypyl Orlik were inaugurated dedicated to 300th anniversary of Constitution written by Pylyp Orlik and 15th anniversary of the modern Constitution of Ukr
29 June 2011 12:04

June 29, 2011 in the Swedish city of Kristianstad the sculpture and the commemoration plate to the Ukrainian Hetman Pypyl Orlik (or Filip Orlik) were inaugurated dedicated to 300th anniversary of Constitution written by Pylyp Orlik and 15th anniversary of the modern Constitution of Ukraine. The Constitution by Pylyp Orlyk is considered the first democratic Constitution in Europe. Its only original copy is preserved in the National Archives of Sweden.

The sculpture became a gift from Ukraine to the Swedish city. It was opened by the City Council Mr Sten Hermansson and Ambassador of Ukraine in Sweden Mr Yevgen Perebyinis.

The Ambassador congratulated guests and participants on inauguration of the sculpture which he called a historic event of the Ukrainian-Swedish relation with regard to the fact that it appears to be the first sculpture to prominent Ukrainian in Sweden. He thanked all involved parties in implementing this ambitious project both in Ukraine and Sweden. The Ambassador also read the congratulations on behalf of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.  «Inauguration of the sculpture to Pylyp Orlik is an eloquent signal of dominating spirit of mutual understanding between Ukrainian and Swedish states as well as beneficial interest to bilateral cooperation. I highly appreciate this gesture of a good will which I am convinced will contribute to further approximation of our peoples». – it is said in the greeting.

In the museum of the city history this day visitors could see the mace and copy of the Constitution which were on this occasion provided by the Linköping library and the National Archives of Sweden. The Ambassador has also granted the jubilee silver coin  «300th anniversary of the Constutuion of Pylyp Orlyk»  to be exhibited in the museum.

The performance of Cossack military arts was made by representatives of the Kherson-City Cossack Patriotic group invited by the City from Ukraine. The sculpture was blessed by the priest of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Sweden Father Miroslav Kostiw.

City leadership, MPs of the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), diplomats of the Embassy, representatives for Swedish cultural and scientific circles, mass-medias took part in the event.

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