Despite Russian propaganda’s allegations of Ukraine’s new government’s attempts to erase the victory over Nazism from memory, Ukrainians continue to produce works of art linking their fight for independence to the tribulations of WWII. After the two popular videos showing grandkids fighting the resurgent fascism just like their grandparents did comes a series of posters showing striking parralels between WWII and the Russia-Ukraine war.
Left: Valentina Grizodubova, Kharkiv-born WW2 bomber pilot, one of the first woman-Heros of the Soviet Union. Right – Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, parliament member and political prisoner, hero of Ukraine.
Left: ammunition plant workers working tireleslly to supply the soldiers at the frontline; Right – volunteer working on equipment for Ukrainian soldiers (plates for a bulletproof vest).
Right: The legendary T-34 tanks, created by Kharkiv design bureau, assembled at the Kharkiv tank plant; Right – modern Ukrainian T-64 Bulats assembled at the Kharkiv plant named after Vyacheslav Malyshev, who oversaw the production of T-34s during WWII.
Left: the legendary defense of Sevastopol in Crimea which lasted for 250 days; Right – the living legends, Ukrainian “Cyborgs,” defending Donetsk airport which held for 242 days.
Left – Ukrainian Insurgent Army guerillas who fought for Ukraine’s independence during WW2; Right – Ukrainian volunteer fighters defending Ukraine’s independence against Russian invaders.
Left: Irina Levchenko, nurse, the first woman in the Soviet Union to get the Red Cross medal; Right: Olga Bashei, paramedic in the ATO, cavalier of the Princess Olga Order.
Left: Klavdia Shulzhenko, renowned Soviet-era Ukrainian singer, performing for the soldiers at the front; Right – Ruslana, 2004 Eurovision song contest winner and Ukraine’s lobbyist in world humanitarian organizations, performing for ATO fighters.
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Kirill Mikhailov has been an anti-Putin activist and citizen journalist, taking part in the widespread Russian protests of 2011-2012. After the annexation of Crimea he left Russia for Ukraine and has been a volunteer author/translator since. Follow him on @ReggaeMortis1.
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