Cities like Mariupol or Bucha became unrecognizable after the arrival of Russian troops. Bombings and ground fighting took everything forward. The same thing happened in Borodyanka, but with a slight difference: a ceramic rooster resisted, and suddenly it became one of the symbols of Ukrainian resistance. This Saturday the figure gained even more confidence, as Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky each received such a figure.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of Ukraine were walking through the deserted streets of Kiev, the now safer capital, after the retreat of Russian troops, when a woman approached them with a special object. Two mugs with the figure of the rooster.

“I’m from London,” Boris Johnson told the woman, who replied with a smile: “I know, I’m from Kharkiv.”

The rooster was designed by a famous Ukrainian sculptor who worked in a ceramics factory where he created various dishes, toys and other products. This is Prokop Bidasiuk, an artist born in 1895, whose work was exhibited at the National Museum of Applied Arts.

When images of his tough rooster surfaced in Borodyanka, the object was adopted as a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance, and quickly became an internet meme, which has even been shared by Ukrainian service accounts.

In Borodyanka’s image it was possible to see a completely destroyed house. Miraculously, the rooster was not only intact, it even stood upright.

Antonio Guimarães


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