Volodymyr the Great honoured in London
A solemn ceremony celebrating 1025th Anniversary of the Christianization of Kyiv Rus was held in London on July 27. Dressed in national costumes Ukrainians gathered at the Volodymyr the Great monument adjacent to the Ukrainian institute.
The Ambassador of Ukraine Volodymyr Khandogiy addressed participants of the event on this occasion.
“1025 years ago our ancestors made their first conscious civilizational choice towards European values, when joined the Christian world,” – said Volodymyr Khandogiy in his speech. – “Today Ukraine confirms this choice, aiming at European integration course. Signing of the Association agreement at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit will be a logical step in this direction.”
The Ambassador of Ukraine underscored that our country set its hopes on the successful accomplishment of the Summit, which would confirm Ukraine’s intensions to remain in the European family.
The monument of Volodymyr the Great was erected by the local Ukrainian community to mark the 1000th Anniversary of the Kyiv Rus Christianization.
The sculptor of the monument is a Canadian of Ukrainian origin Leo Mol. The monument was opened on May 29, 1988.
Volodymyr the Great in London
Volodymyr the Great statue was unveiled in London on May 29 1988 to commemorate 1,000 years of Christianity in the Ukraine. The sculptor is Leo Mol.
Born Leonid Molodozhanyn in 1915 in Ukraine, Leo Mol has carried out commissions for sculptures and monuments across the globe. The subjects of his sculptures include such prominent historical personalities as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John Diefenbaker. He has also sculpted the human form, wildlife, religious subjects, and sculptures with Ukrainian themes. Since 1948 Leo Mol lived and worked in Winnipeg, Canada.