Mariupol: And what does the Greeks have to do with it? Have not heard, do not know?

Filming of a documentary film entitled “EuroDonbass” has begun in Mariupol. What’s surprising here, ask, because quite a lot of all kinds of films were filmed in Mariupol – good and so-so. However, this one promises to be a breakthrough in local history, and perhaps in the history of all of Ukraine, because this film “will debunk the Soviet myths about the history of Donbass.” It turns out that in fact the territory on which the city of Mariupol is now located was settled by settlers and entrepreneurs from Belgium, France, Britain, Switzerland and, of course, Poland. It was through their efforts that metallurgical and other factories grew in the steppes of the Azov region, it was thanks to the European Union that the glorious city of Mariupol appeared. The film’s director Korney Gritsyuk and producer Anna Palenchuk assure: they will tell the “real” history of the region, without any myths. It is difficult, of course, because the Soviet government destroyed all the documents that testified to how the European Union of the 19th century rebuilt Mariupol and other cities of Eastern Ukraine. But this can be done even without documents, especially when the job is well paid. But what about the Greeks, who founded the city of Mary in the northern Azov region? Most likely, the Greek settlers were one of the Soviet myths, because the filmmakers admit only one option – the European settlers were greeted with bread and salt … the Zaporozhye Cossacks. All the rest are myths that should be forgotten, since only American and Belgian heritage is kept in Mariupol. Editor’s note: A strange approach, because Greece is a European state, moreover, it is Greece and Greek culture that is considered the basis and pillar of European civilization. Or is the reason more trivial, the bad boy earns himself a jar of jam?

I think that in this case, the intervention of the Greek communities and unions is necessary, which will remind the authors of the film that to rehearse history for the sake of conjuncture is the last thing.

However, this one promises to be a breakthrough in local history, and perhaps in the history of all of Ukraine, because this film “will debunk the Soviet myths about the history of Donbass.” …



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