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“Let the white swans carry me away”. About the book.


On January 14, 2013 Lugansk Regional Public Library hosted the  book review presentation of “Let the white swans carry me away”, book devoted to Tatiana Snezhyna. Yuri Kukurenik and Vladimir Ushkal presented the book.

The value of this particular piece in its dedication to great memory of our fellow Lugansk resident, talented writer Tatiana Snezhyna. Her story can become a positive example for youngpeople. It is very import to find those bring and good examples and make them known to the youth.

 Unfortunately, nowadays we are we are experience the downfall of morale in our population, and first and foremost this process is influencing the younger generations. This process doesn't stop in just Lugansk region, but it goes around and impacts the entire European population. For example, in her letter, First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama writes about the spread of violence in American schools. In the statistics presented by Mrs. Obama, throughout the year one third of school children is being threatened with either physical or mental abuse, somewhere around 13 million students. I quote:«But every year, nearly one third of school-aged children -- upwards of 13 million students -- are bullied».

One can say that the recent mass shootings of innocent people and children, which happened in different countries and were performed by young people, that were lost in this world, can be called the peak of amorality and depravity. On December 14, 2012 twenty year old Adam Lanza killed 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 and 6 teachers in Newtown, Connecticut; on July 20, 2012 24 year old James Holmes in the city of Aurora, Colorado killed 12 people and wounded 58 in the movie theatre at the Batman premier; on March 19, 2012 23 year old Mohammed Merah shot children in one of the schools in Toulouse, France; on June 22, 2011 Anders Breivik shot 69 people in the youth camp in Utøya Island in Norway, etc.


Soul echoing the song

Soul echoing the song

(to listen, to hear and to understand...)

In the modern day and age the development of your spiritual self is essential.  The importance of creating proper conditions for honest and lively discussionи and being able to develop creativity and create art is absolutely necessary. Democratisation of social life touches upon all of the spheres of human communication. That is why culture of communication is special and it needs to be developed in people, especially in youth. We have to teach them to listen, to hear and to understand.

 Lets point out that sublime feelings have a very positing impact on our mental state. Those positive emotions, which stimulate our intellectual activity improve our communication skills. People become more attractive both inside and outside, show more creativity, become friendlier in their interactions. Chamber music of «Contabile» creates these particular emotions, and this ensemble is stil associated with Lugansk State Philharmonic Hall. Unfortunately we can no longer hear the sounds of Yuri Kolomoistev and Sergei Kharchenko's guitars there.  We can no longer hear Natalia Kolomoisteva's soprano in the Hall as well. This genre today has no room within these walls. We have to remember that guitar and song are inseparable from humans' desire to express emotions and describe feelings. All ages will appreciate this kind of art!

 A romantic song is very personal and any listener can relate to it and understand it. All those songs by Natalia Kolomoisteva, all with different tone and in all the different languages: Italian, German, Mexican, Jewish, gypsy, Russian and modern - - talk about the most sacred of all – love. It is not surprising that media acclaimed those songs as “the ones that penetrate the soul” .

 Yes, the sounds of guitar ensemble “Cantabile” are not in the Philharmonic Hall any more.  Turns out you can still hear it online. Visit the official website of “Cantabile – Lugansk”. This has their film-concert recording from Lugansk Regional Television, produced by Vira Khromushina, and you want to watch it again and again. We have seen those online pages about modern songs, but academic ones – never before. («Nasha Gazeta»», Mykola Bogorada») – «Duet of Natalia and Yuri Kolomoitsev is known not only in Lugansk and the region, but far outside. Successfully, and more than once they performed in France last year, with the program shown in the tv film.». We want to fully agree with this review and add that Natalia's soprano is amazing!

This website has other recordings of the ensemble. Numerous romances are available there. Thank God that Internet exists! Searching it one can find some much and welcome the mysterious sounds of music, performed by true talented professionals – guitar players from «Canabile». The lyrics is captivating Natalia's recognized vocals. She is an awardee of numerous prizes and literary awards.

We hope everyone will enjoy their performances, even though only online and not in the Philharmonic Hall.


Yuri Kukurekin, Member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, member of the Interregional Union of Writers of Ukraine.


Demographics in Lugansk

As of December 1, 2012 Lugansk municipality had 465 thousand people (462 – urban and 3 – rural). During January-November 2012 population of Lugansk reduced by 1580 poeple (1353 by natural reduction of population and 227 by migration)

Compared to the same time period in 2011, natural reduction of population reduced by 25.1%. Coefficient of natural reduction in the municipality was at 3.2 people for every 1000 of the population, and was much lower than in the region overall (6.4%)

The number of registered newborns for January-November 2012, in comparison to the same time period in 2011 increased by 8.9% and was exactly 4156 people. Coefficient of birthrate in the municipality increased from 8.9% to 9.7%. In the region it was at 9.7%. Within the region the highest birthrate was registered at Roven’ki (11.3%), and the lowest in Kirovsk (8.3%)

For January-November 2012 5509 deaths were registered, which is lower by 2% in comparison with last year. Death rate was at 12.9%, and was noted as the lowest in the region. The highest one was registered in Stakhanov (19.1%). Regional death rate was registered at 16.1%

January-November 2012 registered 6835 new arrivals and 7062 of those who departed. Migration rates decreased and was registered at 227 people, comparing to 2055 from 2011



Lugansk region demographics

As of December 1, 2012 Lugansk region had 2.257,7 thousands people, 1,959.8 thousand in the city,297,9 thousand – in rural. Between January and November of 2012 the population reduced by 14,990 people. Natural reduction counted 13,201 people and migration - 1789 people.

Compared to January-November of 2011 natural reduction of population decreased by 10,6% and was duly noted in all city halls and regional councils of the region. Coefficient of natural reduction of population in the region was 6,4 persons for every 1000 people (‰) and was also much higher than in the rest of Ukraine (3,0‰). This number was higher in Sumy region (6,8‰) and Chernigiv region (9,1‰).

The number of registered newborns for January-November 2012, compared to the same timeframe in 2011 increased by 3,1% and was 20075 people. Birthrate in the region was 9,7‰  and was much lower than in the rest of the country. (11,5‰). Only Chernigiv region’s birthrate was lower than in Lugansk (9,5‰). WithinLugansk region it was Roven’ki regional council that reported the highest birthrate of (11,3‰), and Novoaidar region reported the lowest. (7,8‰)

From January to November of 2012 the region registered 33276 dead, which is by 2,8% lower, than in January – November 2011. Death rate constituted 16,1‰ and was higher, than in the rest of Ukraine (14,5‰). Other regions with higher than Lugansk region death rates were Cherkassy and Zhytomyr (at 16,2‰), Poltava (16,4‰), Kyrovograd and Sumy (at 16,5‰) and Chernigiv (18,6‰) regions. Among regional centres and regions the highest death rate was reported in Antratsyt region (21,0‰), and the lowest in Lugansk city itself (12,9‰).

Main reasons for deaths in January-November of 2012 were blood related diseases (64,4% of total deaths) новообразования (12,1%), external reasons (6,6%).

Number of children who died under the age of one (between January and November of 2012) decrease by 13 people, compared to the same time last year (2011) and was reported at 156 people. Coefficient of children’s mortality in Lugansk region was at 7,8‰, and at 8,6‰ in Ukraine. Donetsk region was with the highest child mortality rate at 12,9‰, and the lowest in Sevastopol at 4,9‰.

 In comparison with January-November 2011 migration decrease in population was reduced toby 26,3% and was reported at 1789 people. Migration was reported both at the city and rural areas. 

Main department head                                      I.V. Shablienko


'20 Ukrainian Canadian Centre "vidrodgenya"

Today we are celebrating and commemorating an important date in Ukraine's history and in the history of Taras Shevchenko University of Lugansk - the opening of Canadian-Ukrainian Center of «Vidrodzhennya» ("Renaissance").

Today, 95 years ago, the Fourth Decree of the Central Ukrainian Council declared Ukraine "independent of all". The following day the Reunion Act was adopted, uniting Ukraine's land into one. On January 22, 1993, the first Canadian-Ukrainian center "Vidrodzhennya" was opened in Lugansk, with the support from the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine and Taras Schevchenko University of Lugansk. 

Enjoy and share the photos from the 20th Anniversary celebration.

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