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Svyatoslav Andreyovich Yurash is the youngest parliamentarian of Ukraine.
Andriovich Yurash became a member of parliament at the age of 23.
He came to Calcutta in 2013 to study international relations.
New Delhi. Sviatoslav Andriiovych Yurash, the youngest Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, at the age of 27 has seen what many people are unable to see in their entire lifetime. The native of Lviv in western Ukraine came to Calcutta University in 2013 to study international relations. He cut short his studies in India in 2014 to join the anti-Russian movement following the annexation of Crimea.
According to a report in the Indian Express, after moving back to Ukraine from India, she attached herself to stand-up comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky. After this, at the age of 23, he became an MP. He also fought in the trenches of Kherson, Zaporizhia and Bakhmut, as Ukraine was engaged in more than a year of war with Russia, and is ‘ready to die’ for the country.
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It is not that the young parliamentarian does not see many options for himself or his country. Yurash says, ‘If Russia stops fighting, there will be peace. If we stop fighting, there will be no Ukraine.’ In Delhi for the Raisina Young Fellows Program organized as part of the Raisina Dialogue run by the Observer Research Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs, Yurash fondly recalls his time in Kolkata. He says my name Svyatoslav always got messed up in pronunciation. That’s why my friends used to call me ‘Sweet Love’.
He says, ‘I still remember the bookstores on College Street (in Kolkata) and eating street food in the city. People used to warn me, saying that my stomach would get fat. I also celebrated Durga Puja in Calcutta that year. When Yurash was speaking all this, the enthusiasm was clearly visible on his face. The 6-feet tall Ukrainian MP was 17 when he came to India from Poland’s Warsaw University on a one-year exchange programme.
He said, ‘I came to Calcutta in the autumn of 2013, but I had to return after six months. Because the revolution was gaining momentum in a central public square in Kiev. In February 2014, pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor was ousted by protests. After which Russia annexed Crimea. Yurash was one of thousands of youths who joined the protest against Russian intervention and soon became part of the country’s politically active youth brigade.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 13, 2023, 15:40 IST