Response of Ukrainian artists to the war started by the Russian Federation. Part 2

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Since Russia annexed Crimea and the outbreak of the war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the world has increasingly compared Putin to Adolf Hitler. Even EU leaders and diplomats do not mince words when making public comments. There are indeed many reasons, and with the beginning of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine, there are even more of them. Putin is not only copying the Nazis’ hybrid tactics, but he is also speaking in Hitler’s words.

He is a “Territory Collector” who sought to construct an authoritarian regime after his country’s geopolitical defeat. Like Hitler, Putin has spent years provoking opponents and testing their reactions, raising the stakes each time and lying shamelessly. He publicly claims he has no violent intentions and then acts the opposite. He creates the illusion of dialogue so that opponents believe there is a chance of reaching an agreement. These comparisons might go on indefinitely. Putin, like Hitler, is capable of committing crimes against humanity. He has already proved that.

For you, we’ve gathered the most convincing illustrations and memes that illustrate this similarity.

Illustration: Marinoss Art

Illustration: Anna Andreeva

Illustration: Maksym Palenko

Illustration: Maliunok

Illustration: Maksym Palenko

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Anna Andreeva

Ukrainian artists continue to fight against the occupier in the cultural space. Their illustrations, posters, and collages document the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine through art. Artists capture the main events, also the state and mood of people fighting, volunteering, or recovering from terrible events.

Some countries that support Ukraine organize offline exhibitions of these works in art centers, galleries, and educational spaces. This way, they draw public attention to the war in Ukraine and try to raise funds to help Ukrainians.

Illustration: Sophia Suliy

Illustration: Bright Arts

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Bogdana Davydiuk

Illustration: Anastasiia Zharova

Illustration: Andriy Dankovych

Illustration: Marinoss Art

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Sophia Suliy

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

“I laughed so as not to cry,” Lesia Ukrainka wrote. Reflecting on the full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian artists are drawing. It is their way of mounting a cultural resistance against the occupiers and supporting the fighting spirit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Territorial Defense forces, and civilians, who are putting up a no less courageous resistance.

From the first day of the war, the whole world has been watching Ukraine, admiring the fearlessness and unity of Ukrainians in the fight against the enemy. Posters, illustrations, and collages by Ukrainian artists help convey the spirit of these days.

Illustration: Bogdana Davydiuk

Illustration: Bright Arts

Illustration: Sophia Suliy

Illustration: Alona Zhuk

Illustration: Varvara Perekrest (Illustration Underground)

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

Illustration: Varvara Perekrest (Illustration Underground)

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The author of the project:

Bogdan Logvynenko

Author:

Anna Yabluchna

Translator:

Maryna Bakalo

Yana Bilynets

Tonya Smyrnova

Content manager:

Anastasiia Zhokhova