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Ukrainians celebrate the opening of Artek Children’s Camp

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Children rest during the opening ceremony of the Artek Children's Camp on June 24.

On June 24 Ukraine's Artek Children's Camp welcomed about 300 children from all regions of Ukraine. By the end of the summer, they expect more than 1000 children to participate in the program.

The new camp is now located in the Kyiv suburb Pushcha-Vodytsya after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. The camp was first opened in 1925 near Yalta, Crimea. During the Soviet Union, Artek was a dream destinaiton for almost every child.

During the opening of Artek in its new location, Ukraine’s First Lady Marina Poroshenko articipated in the ceremony.

Organizers made a special program of games, lessons and workshops during which children learned how to embroider, make origami and paint. Among the participants there are children of internally displaced people as well as of soldiers fighting against Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine.

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