After Russian bombs destroyed its building, the Mariupol Drama Theater will relocate to Uzhhorod, in western Ukraine, Donetsk regional administration head Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a Telegram post on May 10.
“The Russians may have destroyed the Drama Theater’s building in Mariupol, but the theater itself lives on!” said Kyrylenko.
“Scattered across the country and abroad, the troupe survived the siege and destruction of the city, and now has a temporary refuge; the Music and Drama Theater of Uzhhorod came to our rescue, and offered to make its stage available to our Mariupol troupe for as long as it needs.”
Kyrylenko thanked Zakarpattia Governor Viktor Mykyta, and local theater actors, for helping the theatre troupe.
“Mutual aid between Ukrainians from the opposite reaches of the country is exactly what will keep us all safe – something Russia will never understand,” the official added.
“Together, we will preserve our culture and bring our theater home, eventually!”
On March 16, the Russian military bombed the theater in besieged Mariupol, where nearly 1,300 civilians were sheltering. According to AP, this was the deadliest Russian attack on civilian population, claiming the lives of around 600 people.