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Bookstore honouring the memory of soldier, journalist Mykola Rachok opens in Vinnytsia

31.01.2024, 17:02
Mykola Rachok, photo by Antonina Liulka
Mykola Rachok, photo by Antonina Liulka

The bookstore "Heroes" was opened in downtown Vinnytsia on January 29 in honor of the deceased soldier and journalist Mykola Rachok.

Mykola's parents and sister created a space where they plan meetings with writers, volunteers and soldiers. Such a venue was the late Hero's dream, Mykola Rachok's sister Antonina Liulka told Suspilne.

The bookstore is located near the Artynov Tower at 17/3 Mykola Ovodiv St., 17/3. Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:00, all week.

The book space was opened with the money that the family received from the state as financial aid after the soldier's death. "Every Saturday we will have a guest from the literary field, an author or someone from the publishing business. We plan to invite reporters currently working in the East of Ukraine. I would like to see such people here. I would like them to tell us about what is happening there. There will be people here who will speak about the truth, the reality, so that we can appreciate what our boys are doing there more," said Antonina Liulka.

Bookstore honouring the memory of the late soldier, journalist Mykola Rachok. Photos by Suspilne Vinnytsia

The bookstore is hosting literary events, photo by Suspilne Vinnytsia

Mykola Rachok graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, was a journalist and editor of the "Kunsht" magazine, head of news on the car-themed portal "InfoCar". He joined the army after the start of the full-scale invasion. He served in the Hetman Ivan Vyhovsky separate motorized infantry brigade No. 58. He died on July 19, 2022, near Pokrovske (Donetsk oblast), in a battle with the PMC "Wagner", aged 27. On August 17, 2023, the President of Ukraine posthumously awarded Mykola Rachok with the Order "For Courage" of the III degree.

The IMI monitors Russia's crimes against the media and journalists in Ukraine. In the year and eleven months since the start of the full-scale invasion, Russia has committed 558 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine.

According to the IMI, as of to day, Russia has killed 70 media workers, 10 of whom died while reporting.

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