Ukrainian writer Lina Kostenko received France’s highest award — the National Order of the Legion of Honour
Lina Kostenko, one of the most prominent Ukrainian writers, received the highest French award — the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The award ceremony took place at the French Embassy in Kyiv on July 14, 2022, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko reported.
According to Lina Kostenko, the awarding of the Order came as a surprise to her.
“In a difficult time, we gathered here, but on a very good occasion. To receive the Order of the Legion of Honour is a great honor. It was an absolute surprise for me because I do not belong to world-famous literature. And suddenly, such an award. I really love France. I also have poems about France,” said Lina Kostenko during the award ceremony.
Lina Kostenko is a famous Ukrainian poet, writer, and former Soviet dissident, whose poems have been inspiring Ukrainians for decades.