The death of Kateryna

The Ukrainian Week - - CONTENTS - Yuriy Makarov

About pub­lic re­ac­tion on tragic events

As a mat­ter of fact, I did not know her. Some of my close friends did. They hung out to­gether and helped each other but I never ac­tu­ally met Kateryna Handz­iuk. I only heard about her. Now that she’s dead, she will be­come a new line in Ukraine’s his­tory. Her name will be men­tioned next to Ge­orgiy Gon­gadze’s, she will be re­mem­bered at demon­stra­tions and in in­ter­na­tional re­ports — and she will be used as a meme. From what I know about her, I don’t think Kateryna would be es­pe­cially thrilled about any of this. She was a class act: sin­cere, fiery, kind, im­pa­tient with dirt, open, sharp, truly learned, and smart. A true Ukrainian woman of the 21st cen­tury.

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