Outstanding Ukrainian poet Dmytro Pavlychko dies aged 93

30 January, 11:39 AM
Dmytro Pavlychko (Photo:Mykhailo Sydorzhevskyi/Facebook)

Dmytro Pavlychko (Photo:Mykhailo Sydorzhevskyi/Facebook)

Ukrainian poet, public and political figure, and Hero of Ukraine Dmytro Pavlychko died aged 93 late on Jan. 29, the head of the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine, Mykhailo Sydorzhevskyi has said in a post on Facebook.

Sydorzhevskyi learned about Pavlychko’s death from former MP Bohdan Horyn, referring to the poet’s daughter.

“Red is love, and black is grief...” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram messenger, quoting lines from the poet’s famous poem and song “Two Colors.”

“Ukrainian poet, public figure and statesman, Hero of Ukraine Dmytro Pavlychko passed away. He will be remembered as one of the authors of the Declaration on State Sovereignty of Ukraine and the organizers of the Ukrainian national movement. And of course, as an outstanding poet.”

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Pavlychko was a poet, translator, literary critic, publicist, one of the most famous representatives of Ukrainian literature of the 1960s.

In 1977, he became a laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Award. In 2004, Pavlychko was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine. He was a knight of the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise IV, V degrees, the Order of Merit III degree, and the Order of Freedom.

In the late 1980s, he headed the Ukrainian Language Society and was also one of the founders of the People’s Movement of Ukraine (Narodniy Rukh Ukrainy), a political party fighting for Ukraine’s independence and its exit from the Soviet Union.

He was a member of the Ukrainian parliament in 1990-1994, 1998-1999, and 2005-2006.

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