“I once believed that Russian and Ukraine were brotherly nations, but when two of my friends were burnt alive on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 everything was burnt upside down. Let the Russians drown in the tears of those, who have lost their sons, and their homes during this war. Ukraine is my son, my brother`s son and my comrade`s son. I fight for children as I want them to live in a free democratic state. My grandfathers and great grandfathers have fought for our nation and now it's my call.
Keep calm and keep your guns clean.”
Dmytro was working as a bartender on a Russian cruise ship up until 2014, leaving job and life behind to join the militia. He has since become part of Ukrainian armed forces, much of his life revolves around the war. Belonging to one Ukranian sailor captured and imprisoned by Russian forces in the Kerch Strait last November Dmytro carries this knife everywhere. To him, it reminds of all those who have suffered and lost in this war. He vows to return it personally to the sailor, and will not stop fighting until that day comes.
Victoria Anushevska , 77
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The town of Opytne was one home to over 2000 residents, now only 40 people remaining in this crippled town. The buildings which still stand are riddled with shrapnel holes, the near-daily bombardment having become part of everyday life. Victoria lives completely alone in the only inhabited house on her street. Today, the joy of her life is her family of goats which roam the derelict neighbourhood, providing her with fresh milk. Her biggest desire is to say goodbye to her two children who are trapped on the other side of the conflict, a wish which she feels will never be fulfilled.
Tyhran Sohoian, 19
“After Studying Ukrainian history I am shocked that we remain trapped in the same conflicts as our ancestors were. It is true, we have always been a divided nation - east and west. I hope that we do not continue our mistakes and that this war will never reignite yet again. Our nation has finally chosen a path to a future where we would all like to live, peacefully. I hope the future generation will not grow up with a war over our heads as we have.”
One of the many victims of Chimera's annexation, Tyhran was forced out of the country for expressing pro-Ukranian views in his high school. His family, however, was not able to leave. Since having relocated to Kyiv he has found means of expressing the tyranny he and his family fell under through painting. This image specifically representing destruction and suffering his community felt during the Russian Invasion.
BTS: How these images were created in the field. We used a battery powered strobe to overpower the sun and remove the subjects from the war around them.