Response of Ukrainian artists to the war started by the Russian Federation. Part 3

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Ukrainians bravely stand against the enemy in their cities and villages. Elderly people stop tanks with their bare hands; farmers take enemy equipment back to their farms as a trophy; hundreds of volunteers help the army and civilians in any way they can, almost nonstop; and somewhere in the shelters, babies are being born. All this is our history, which is being depicted every day in the works of Ukrainian artists.

The sacrifice and courage of Ukrainians defending their land has impressed an artist from the Republic of Kosovo, Valdet Hajdari. He has created a font named after the president of Ukraine – Zelensky Stencil. English and Ukrainian versions will be available for free to anyone interested.

In the artist’s words, he, as a person from Kosovo, understands the meaning of war, resistance, abandoned home, and refugee status.

Illustration: Bright Arts

Illustration: Iryna S. (@i.re.nee)

Illustration: Varvara Perekrest (Illustration Playground)

Illustration: Maksym Palenko

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Sophia Suliy

Illustration: Sophia Suliy

In the full-scale war waged by Russia, every Ukrainian fights on their own front. Some volunteer for the Armed Forces, some resist in the Territorial Defense, volunteer at the humanitarian headquarters, rescue animals, or work to help cities and villages function. Ukrainian illustrators have depicted our new reality in their works since the beginning of the war. In this way, they encourage the people’s fighting spirit while mocking the enemy.

Illustration: Iryna S. (@i.re.nee)

Illustration: @maliunok

Illustration: Alona Zhuk

Illustration: Oleg Gryshchenko

Illustration: Olena Pavlova (@kit_inzhyr)

Illustration: @maliunok

Illustration: Maksym Palenko

Illustration: Bright Arts

Illustration: Alona Zhuk

Mariupol is a Ukrainian city that the Russian occupants appear to have decided to wipe from the face of the planet, along with the citizens who remained. It has been under constant fire since the first day of a full-scale war. It was here that Russia committed its heinous crimes against humanity: on March 9, a maternity hospital was bombed, and on March 16, a bomb was launched on the Drama Theater, where hundreds of civilians were hiding from shelling in its bomb shelter. There are hardly any remaining homes in the city.

Today, Mariupol is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. But it holds on to everything as a hero city. Ukrainian artists, supporting and sympathizing with the people of Mariupol, create illustrations and posters documenting the atrocities of the Russian Federation and its allies.

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: @vsyonormalno.jpg

Illustration: Mari Kinovych

Illustration: Ludmila Shevchenko

Illustration: Oleksandr Grekhov

Illustration: Bogdana Davydiuk

Illustration: Ksenia Igolkina

Illustration: Mariia Zhuravel

Illustration: Oksana Drachkovska

Illustration: Mikhailo Petrusiak

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The author of the project:

Bogdan Logvynenko

Author:

Anna Yabluchna

Translator:

Diana Stukan

Maryna Bakalo

Content manager:

Anastasiia Zhokhova