On September 14, 2017 the Ambassador of Ukraine Mr.Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi with his wife and the Embassy staff participated in the exhibition opening and the concert dedicated to the commemoration of Vasyl Slipak – the Ukrainian opera singer and Hero of Ukraine who gave his life for the Freedom of our state.
The event took place in Vilnius Congress Hall and was attended by Minister of National Defence Mr.Raimundas Karoblis, heads of Lviv and Vilnius Officers' Clubs, the conductor of Vilnius Military Orchestra, Ukrainian and Lithuanian opera singers and conductors, popular Lithuanian and Ukrainian singers, a wide circle of Lithuanian public, representatives of the Ukrainian community, military servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, wounded during anti-terrorist operation in the eastern Ukraine, who came to Lithuania for rehabilitation, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Lithuania and leading local media.
The photo exhibition named "Heroes do not die. The Chaplain. To be around", authored by the military chaplain Fr.Andriy Duda, included scenes of events in eastern Ukraine, the Revolution of Dignity and vivid moments of life, creativity and military service of Vasyl Slipak.
At the beginning of the concert, the memory of Vasyl Slipak and Ukrainian soldiers who gave their lives in the east of our country was honoured with a minute of silence. The scenes from the east of Ukraine and some parts of the interview with Vasyl Slipak were shown to the audience. Soloists of the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater performed Ukrainian folk songs and works developed on the music of well-known Ukrainian and European composers, including those which used to perform Vasyl Slipak.
The Minister of National Defence Mr.R.Karoblis and Ambassador of Ukraine Mr.V.Yatsenkivskyi gave their speeches to the participants of the event. The Ambassador of Ukraine emphasized that the Ukrainian Нero Vasyl Slipak will always remain for all Ukrainians and all Europeans as a symbol of the heroic struggle for Freedom.