The first edition of the History of Ukraine in Latvian was presented in Riga

The Riga Academic Library hosted a presentation of the first book in Latvian about Ukrainian history from ancient times to the present, including the reflection of Russian aggression – “Ukrainas vesture / History of Ukraine”, which was published by the Jumava publishing house.

An Ukrinform correspondent reports this.

The first edition of the History of Ukraine in Latvian was presented in Riga / Photo: Oleg Kudrin, Ukrinform

Opening the presentation, Director of the Academic Library Venta Kocere told how quickly the idea and the team to create such a book were formed in the commonwealth of Latvian intellectual circles.

The head of the Jumava publishing house, Juris Vysotskis, noted that the idea to publish the book “Ukrainas vesture” arose immediately after the full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine began, arguing that supposedly “there is no such (Ukrainian – ed.) nation, there is no such history.” At the same time, Jumava resolutely postponed “for later” the publication of “History of Finland”, “History of Germany”, “History of America”. Vysotskis also noted that there is an idea to publish the same book “Ukrainas vesture” – in Russian.

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Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine in Riga Yuriy Zakharchuk thanked all those involved in the publication of the History of Ukraine in Latvian. He recalled that today, during Russia’s war against Ukrainian identity, invaders destroy Ukrainian books wherever they can. That is why this edition is so important. Especially – made in Latvia, a country that actively helps Ukraine in resisting aggression.

The event was also attended by the President of Latvia (2015–2019) Raimonds Vējonis.

Some of the authors of the book spoke at the presentation. At the same time, the words of General Peteris Radzins (1880-1930), who in 1918-1920. participated in the liberation struggle for the freedom of both Ukraine and Latvia: “Russia, having lost Ukraine, remains in the full sense of the Asian state. Ukraine has no need for Russia. Being independent, it begins to play a big role in European politics. And Russia without Ukraine, on the contrary, loses all its significance in Europe.”

The compiler and one of the authors of the publication, Imants Liepins, told Ukrinform about the contents of the book. Its various sections are written by different authors in different styles and genres – these are researchers, historians, humanitarians; but also eyewitnesses and participants in various events. You can start reading the book from any chapter that interests the reader the most (princely times, the era of the Cossacks, the search for national identity, the UPR, Euromaidan, the current war), and then expand your knowledge by getting acquainted with neighboring chapters.

The book was published in 1,000 copies and is sold in bookstores in Latvia and on the portal Jumava publisher.

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The authors of the book, among others, are three Ukrainians – the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, Ukrainian activist in Latvia Yana Streletsa and Ukrinform correspondent in the Baltics Oleg Kudrin.

On February 24, the Russian Federation began a new stage of the war against Ukraine – a full-scale invasion. The invaders are shelling and bombing the peaceful cities and villages of Ukraine, killing the civilian population. Democratic countries apply sanctions against the aggressor while helping Ukraine.

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