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Late Ukrainian poet's family authorizes reburial

His grave was dug out in Prague over grave ownership claims.

Late Ukrainian poet's family authorizes reburial
Photo: Yevhen Kryvochupryn

Ukraine's embassy in Canada has tracked down the relatives of late Ukrainian poet Oleksandr Oles (Kandyba) whose remains were excavated in the Czech Republic over claims to his grave from another person. According to the Foreign Ministry, his and his wife's remains were put in the cemetery's depository until a final decision on the place of his next burial site is made.

"We have tracked down two Canadian great-grandchildren of Oleksandr Oles. His family agreed that he should be buried in Ukraine. Let him rest in peace in our land," ambassador Andriy Shevchenko tweeted.

Culture Minister Yevhen Nishchuk suggested the Kyiv authorities consider creating a pantheon to late Ukrainian dignitaries. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said a special commission of the Culture Ministry would take care of the reburial of remarkable Ukrainians.