December 9, 2022

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Cooperation refused: the Russians shot dead the chief conductors at Cherson

Cooperation refused
The Russians shot dead the chief conductors at Cherson

Conductor Yuri Kerbatenko does not want to work with the Russian occupation forces in Cherson – it apparently costs him his life. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, he was “brutally” killed because he did not hide his attitude.

According to Ukrainian sources, the Cherson Philharmonic conductor was shot dead by Russian soldiers in his home because he refused to cooperate. The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture said that Yuri Kerpatenko was “brutally” killed for refusing to “cooperate with the occupation forces”.

“According to media reports, the occupiers and their collaborators in the philharmonic orchestra plan to hold a festive concert in Kherson on October 1 in honor of World Music Day,” the ministry said. With the concert, Russian representatives wanted to demonstrate the “restoration of peaceful life” in Kherson,” it said. However, Kerpatenko “categorically refused” to work with them. The conductor did not hide his attitude and refused to leave the occupied city.

Kerpatenko has been working at the Kherson Regional Philharmonic since 2000, and in 2004 he became the chief conductor of the Mykola Kulish Music and Theater Theater in Kherson.

The southern Ukrainian city of Kherson has been occupied by Russian troops since the start of the war. Since then, most of the Ukrainian population has left. In September, Russian occupiers staged a fake referendum in the region. Shortly thereafter, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the region.

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