‘It feels like history is repeating itself,’ says local poet as Russian bombs fall

The block of flats, built by the Soviets in the 1920s for Ukrainian writers and poets of Kharkiv’s dynamic literary scene, was later a site for brutal purges in the 1930s, with dozens of intellectuals killed. Now Moscow has hit its residents again.

“It’s been almost a hundred years and it feels like history is repeating itself,” said Ivan Senin, a local poet, as the sound of heavy shelling echoed through the garden of Kharkiv’s Literary Museum, which is just a 10-minute walk from the House of the Word.

They all have one thing in common, said Senin. They were repressed for trying to promote Ukrainian culture. Since the war began he feels history is repeating, and his generation is taking inspiration from the resistance of the past.

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