Ukrainians mourn death celebrated poet Borys Oliyny

Ukrainians mourn poet Borys Oliynyk, pay rich tributes

ISLAMABAD, May 1 (APP): Ukrainian Envoy in Pakistan Volodymyr Lakomov Monday paid tribute to celebrated Ukrainian poet, translator and song writer Borys Oliynyk, who passed away in Kyiv on Sunday after suffering from a long illness. He was 81.
The ambassador, in a statement, said Oliynyk was a prominent personality of modern Ukrainian literature and possessed all the virtues of a gentleman. “We all are proud of him,” he added.
Late poet’s poetic heritage, he said, reflected the difficult and
strenuous process of struggle for the independence of Ukraine and establishment of a sovereign Ukrainian state, and love with the country
and the nation was the source of his poetry.
Oliynyk published over 40 poetry compilations, as well as numerous essays and journalistic articles, and translations of texts from many Slavic languages into Ukrainian.
From 1991 to 2006, he remained a member of parliament for Ukraine’s Communist Party. He left the party in 2005 due to his support for the Orange Revolution of 2004 and national ideals.
In October 2005, Oliynyk was awarded the title of the Hero of Ukraine.
“Ukrainian culture has suffered a grievous loss,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in his official condolence statement on April 30.
“ Borys Oliynyk did a lot to maintain the nation’s language and culture.”