** Warning, graphic images**
Ukrainian actor, Oleksandr Hrekov, has been hospitalised after a ‘mindless’ attack in Dublin on June 24th.
Hrekov was performing in Brien Friel’s Translations at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin before the attack occurred.
He was reportedly hit with a glass bottle and was also bitten during the attack on Saturday night.
The Abbey Theatre has condemned the horrific attack.
Ukrainian actor Oleksandr Grekov in hospital after being bottled, bitten and slashed by young thugs male and female outside Abbey theatre at weekend… He made mistake of confronting them for stealing his cigarettes… A Dublin welcome all too frequent now!! @gardainfo @HMcEntee pic.twitter.com/aKAJnzn2Y3
— Matt Shanahan TD (Ind) ?? ?? ?? (@MattShanahanTD) June 26, 2023
A spokesperson for the Dublin theatre issued a statement following the incident.
“A 27-strong theatre company travelled from Kyiv to perform the canonical Irish text, which illuminates the determination of a people to persist and ensure their culture endures in the most difficult of circumstances.”
Oleksandr Hrekov has been discharged from hospital and their injuries are non-life threatening.
They also confirmed the Ukrainian actor needed stitches as well as hospital treatment.
Both the Abbey Theatre and the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre condemn the “mindless violence”.
“This incident will not overshadow the joyful and important collaboration between our two theatre companies. This is only the beginning of the Abbey Theatre’s artistic relationship with our friends at the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre,” they added.
Gardaí have launched an investigation following the attack, but have not made any arrests.