President visited the Mannerheim Museum in Finland


President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko visited the museum of prominent Finnish political and military figure Marshal Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (1867 – 1951).

The museum includes a great collection of exhibits that tell about the work of Marshal Mannerheim in military, political and charity spheres. The exhibition also contains materials on the service of Carl Mannerheim in the army of the Russian empire, his activity at the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Finland and President of Finland.

The Finnish leaders has visited Odesa twice in 1918 and 1919. The museum also stores a symbolic key from the Khotyn Fortress presented to the Marshal as a gift.

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The Head of State left a note in the Book of Honorary Guests.

As a keepsake of the visit to the museum, the President received a copy of the photograph of the last Hetman of Ukraine Pavlo Skoropadskyi and Marshal Mannerheim. The staff of the museum also conveyed a copy of the letter from Carl Mannerheim to Pavlo Skoropadskyi. “Finland should look at independent Ukraine as an ally. It should support the independence of Ukraine, for it would be good for Finland,” the Ukrainian Hetman wrote to his Finnish colleague.