PROJECT POSTCARDS FROM MAIDAN: Yury Khudashov from Ivano-Frankivsk

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Postcards from Maidan is an art initiative that helps facilitate the psychological rehabilitation and physical recovery of patients. Artists visit the wounded and use drawings as a storytelling mechanism of Maidan. The wounded are later presented with the drawings. This is the story of one Maidan protester. This is story #19.

Yury Khudashov
27 y.o., Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Kosovo Rayon
Bullet wound

Artist Vita Kalmutska talked to Yury at the City Emergency Hospital. As a gift, Vita created the portrait of the protestor on site.

Here is Yury’s story, as narrated by Vita Kalmutska:

“Yury is laconic. He got shot by a sniper. Yury came to Maidan on January 5, by himself, completely alone. I met him on the seventh floor of the Emergency Hospital, it was a weekend evening, the floor was deserted, an incredible number of corridors, wards. I was standing there, dazed and confused. And then came Yura [diminuitive from Yury], apparently he wanted to go to the balcony to smoke. It was very difficult for him to walk. I asked him if he knew in what ward were the guys from Maidan, Yura said he was from there. We went into his room, he was not against my initiative, but showed no enthusiasm about it either. I very keenly felt his pain. Strong [pain], and not just physical body [pain].

On the morning of February 20, Yura and another fellow turned a water cannon over, [they] retreated, the Berkut [riot police] began to retreat and the people went on with the attack. [They] reached the barricades on Instytutska St., saw many snipers, they did not conceal themselves much, and Yura got shot. The guys quickly ran towards him, carried him to the doctors on Maidan, and from there into an ambulance. He was operated on the same day.

Now [volunteers] are collecting money for Yura’s rehabilitation in Italy or Spain, whichever happens. It was March 9, 6 o’clock in the evening, when I came to visit Yura. During my visit, a lot of different people came over to ask how he felt, [some of them] got into a situation where they didn’t know how to support [him], what to help [him] with. I hope Yura will get through this pain in his soul, recover and live for himself and for us. After all, he is young and beautiful, very strong, but now he is utterly lost.

It was difficult to communicate with him, he is very sad. He is an orphan, used to work as a logger. He didn’t look at his portrait. I don’t know why, because of his modesty or indifference. As it turns out, many people come to visit him. While I was there, a fellow countrywoman came over, [quite] a talkative woman, volunteers ran by, [unkown] people just came over, brought the money and thanked him.”



Postcards from Maidan is an art initiative that helps bring support through truthful images of Ukrainian protests in different regions of the country, and also tells the stories of people who suffered during events on Maidan this winter in Kyiv.
The project consists of two elements:
#postcards from maidan
The Postcards Project contains a series of cards based on works of contemporary artists. Artists who participated in protests on Maidan create works reflecting on the events and as a message to fellow citizens. These cards may serve as support and a means to bring the spirit of protest to one’s relatives and friends in any part of Ukraine or the world. They are distributed on Maidan and available to everyone for free download in a format suitable for printing.
#stories from maidan
In The Stories Project, contemporary artists visit hospitals, talk to people [protesters/activists] and work on an artistic embodiment of their stories from Maidan. Activists receive these works as gifts by which to remember the events. This project is documented; the stories may later be used by various media. Through social networks, with the help of journalists, volunteers and the project’s website, organizers of this project help to recover lost contacts and enable protesters to learn about each other.
Postcards from Maidan was founded by Kadygrob_Taylor Platform for Contemporary Art, an independent non-profit.  Source:
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