On 24 February 2022, before 5:00 a.m. Kyiv time, Russia invaded Ukraine. Actually, it was an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014. The invasion has caused tens of thousands of deaths. It has instigated Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II.
About 8 million Ukrainians were displaced within their country in the weeks following the Russian attack. Slightly more than 8.0 million fled the country by the beginning of 2023.
Missile attacks, naval blockade and nuclear threads expressed by Putin followed. Incredible suffering of the civilians was witnessed thanks to photography, footages, stories from the war-torn cities and villages.
At the same time, we could all witness incredible courage and determination of the Ukrainian nation.
On 1 April 2022 after Russian forces withdrew from the city of Bucha in the surroundings of Kyiv, photographic and video evidence emerged to document the incredible cruelty of the Russian army.
Nobody could tell they did not know- the whole world became a witness of the brutality of the Russian aggressors.
War crimes such as deliberate attacks against Ukrainian civilian targets in the, massacres of Ukrainian civilians, torture and rape of Ukrainian women and children, as well as indiscriminate attacks in densely populated cities where the real image of the so called “special operation” of Putin.
Numerous artists, let by their inner need, started to create artworks to show the despair in regards to the Russian cruelty.
Their aim is to make the horrifying message from the cities of Kupiansk, Lyman, Izium, Irpin, and Bucha well heard and understood.