«  Завтра была война » – «  Tomorrow Was the War »

On the eve of the Day of the Soviet Army Donetsk’s Youth Theatre “Na Grani” (“On the Verge”) presented to the audience a play « Tomorrow Was the War » based on the novel written by Boris Vasilyev. The play recreates with authenticity the atmosphere of the 1930s-1940s Soviet Union, which stirs at once the feelings of admiration and horror, and, thus, mesmerizes and entices. The year is 1940. A small provincial town. A 9-year schoolgirl, Vika Lyuberetskaya, recites poems by the banned poet Sergey Yesenin. Soon her father is arrested as an enemy of the people. The girl gets hunted at school after that, and she commits suicide.

According to the director Tatyana Shatalova’s opinion, the performance is still relevant today: « If at least in somebody’s mind, after watching the show, arises an idea that it is necessary to stop the war and to start thinking about the future, especially about our children, thereat our work wasn’t a waste”.

Photo ©2015, Renata Pisareva, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo

Gusarsky Ball



On February 23rd Donetsk National University hosted the « Gusarsky Ball » (« Hussar Ball »). Students of all the different ages and faculties took part in it with a plesure. They performed both slow and dynamic dances. The whole event was accompanied by live music which did’t disappoint but only graced the atmosphere.

Text © 2015, Vladislav Motorney, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo


Video © 2015, Éric Vazzoler/Zeitenspiegel

©2015, Irina Novikova & Vladislav Motorney ЮнПресса, and Éric for arguments.photo



A Concert to commemorate




On February 23rd there was a concert held at the Republic Palace of Children and Youth Arts dedicated to the Defender of the Fatherland Day. With their show the performers congratulated both the young men in the audience and the World War II veterans. Everyone were left with the best memories imaginable.

Text © Vladislav Motorney, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo

Photo © Toma, Olga, Vika, Pavel, Vladislav, ЮнПресса and Éric Vazzoler/Zeitenspiegel  for arguments.photo





La Grande Fête Parc Shcherbakov





On February 22nd Maslenitsa came to Donetsk. This traditional holiday took place in Shcherbakov Park. The weather was lovely so citizens not only took a part in different contests, but also enjoyed the warm sunny day.

Text © Vladislav Motorney, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo

Pictures © Éric Vazzoler/Zeitenspiegel for arguments.photo

Let’s Sing!


Guerre du Donbass : Featuring Donetsk


On the 21st of February the Republican Palace of Children and Youth Arts held a contest « Soloviniy rassvet » (« Nightingale dawn »). 25 vocal groups competed in the three different age categories. The jury was pleased with the participants’ good skills and with a quality of performances. The audience was very satisfied with the event as well. Ministry of Education and Science of the Donetsk People’s Republic awarded the winners with honorable diplomas.



Text © Vladislav Motorney, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo

Pictures © Toma, Olga, Vika and Pavel, ЮнПресса for arguments.photo

Joyeux Anniversaire, Toma!



Today is Tamara’s Birthday. She’s 15. In the Palace of Pioneers of the Republic (our building) in Donetsk took place the Regional Children Singing Contest with about 25 teams from all DNR region. She didn’t want to miss her first trial for arguments.photo

(c) Éric Vazzoler/Zeitenspiegel