News from Ukraine: Kyiv's international airport Boryspil may get new name

14:54 Jul. 18, 2016

Kyiv's international airport Boryspil may get new name

Passengers in Kyiv’s international airport Boryspil (UNIAN Photo)

Ukrainian Hetman Mazepa wins the voting online contest 

The imitative to rename Kyiv's international airport Boryspil after Ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa won the online voting contest held by Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry.

12,768 Ukrainians voted for Mazepa. Aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky comes second scoring 9,297 votes. Artist Kazimir Malevich holds the third place with 9,224 votes.

In late June, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry launched an online voting contest on renaming the international airport Boryspil after an outstanding personality.

The options included well-known aircraft designer Oleh Antonov, Hetman Ivan Mazepa, avant-garde representative and artist Kazimir Malevich, aircraft designer Ihor Sikorsky and ethnologist Pavel Chubinskiy. 

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Boryspil International Airport staff appealed to Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan with a request to leave the current name of the airport intact.

Ivan Mazepa is Cossack Hetman of the Hetmanate in Left-bank Ukraine, from 1687–1708, and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire ad personam 1707–1709. He was famous as a patron of the arts, and also played an important role in the Battle of Poltava where after learning of Peter I's intent to relieve him as acting Hetman of Ukraine and replace him with Alexander Menshikov, he deserted his army and sided with Charles of Sweden. The politicization of this desertion has held a lasting legacy in both Russian and Ukrainian national history.

Consequently, the Russian Orthodox Church laid an anathema on his name since the beginning of the 18th century and refuses to revoke it to this day. Everyone who opposed the Russian government in eighteenth-century Ukraine were derogatorily referred to as Mazepintsy (Mazepists). The alienation of Mazepa from Ukrainian history continued during the Soviet period, but since Ukraine's independence there have been strong moves to rehabilitate Mazepa's image, although he remains a figure of mixed standing. (Source- Wikipedia)

In early May a monument to Mazepa was unveiled in Poltava, with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attending the ceremony.

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Monument to Ivan Mazepa in Poltava (UNIAN Photo)

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