According to Olga Wilson, an artist based in Ukraine: “I would like to share my “war notes” made through drawings. We have only one home – it’s our planet. We should keep it safe.
In the 21st century we, all people and countries, should evolve and never act from a position of force, but from a position of negotiations, diplomacy, rationalism and consensus. It’s the main goal of humanity.
War is the worst mistake.
The best solution for war is never to start it.
We all are connected. Our energies and souls are connected.
Use your energy to create good, not evil.”
“Every living being is a sufferer of war. Animals in shelters and farms in occupied territories are massively dying from lack of food and water or after shelling. I watched a terrible video recorded in Borodyanka. Volunteers found only around 150 animals who survived out of 485.”
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“My friends and lots of people often mention the phrase “My life is divided into before and after”. I think it says all about the overall feeling caused by the horrible war in Ukraine. These drawings are a tribute to the victims of the war. I want to save the memory of them and the horrors Ukrainian people have to endure.”
“Anastasia Yalanskaya’s life ended on the 10th day of the war – March 4 in Bucha. Nastya and her two friends were shot by occupiers right in a car while returning from the dog shelter, where food for dogs was brought.”
“Bucha… Our hearts are shattered into thousands of pieces. The beautiful hand belongs to Iryna Folkina. We won’t forget.”
“Through my drawings, I want to spread the message to all generations that war is the biggest mistake of humanity. We all have unique souls and stories to tell. We are not just numbers and statistics. We need to stop spreading hate and start spreading kindness instead while it’s not too late. We need to save our planet – our only home.”
“In Mariupol, a Russian occupant shot in the face of an 11-year-old girl. The bullet passed through the jaw and injured the root of the tongue. Currently, Milena Uralova is in the hospital with her mother. She is recovering but is still very nervous and afraid of every sound. Milena dreamed of becoming a professional gymnast.”
“The head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Haidai, made a short report. On March 11, Russian occupiers fired from a tank at a nursing home in Kreminna. They put a panzer in front of the house and started firing. Those who lived till old age in this house – 56 people died on the spot. 15 people who survived were abducted by the occupiers and taken to the occupied territories.”
“I am grateful to our defenders: soldiers and territorial defense, those brave people, firefighters, evacuators, emergency service, transport workers, volunteers, chefs, and bakers. Everyone who cares and helps in this incredibly hard, dangerous and stressful time.”
“14.03.22 there was information about the death of a pregnant woman in Mariupol after the missile hit the maternity hospital. She had a separation of the right thigh, caesarean section doesn’t save her child… I would like to dedicate this small art to this mother and other women, who were forced to suffer from war.”
Historian, Jens-Kristian Wagner, published on his page on Twitter a note about the death of 96 y.o. Boris Romanchenko.
Boris Romanchenko was a prisoner in fascist concentration camps and survived Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Mittelbau-Dora and Bergen-Belsen. But he didn’t survive after a bomb shelling by the Russian army.
After the bombing of his apartment in Kharkiv, only his bones and ashes were found. In 2012, Boris Romanchenko read Buchenwald’s oath “to create a new world where peace and freedom reign” during the celebration of the anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.””
“This is the only way I want to see our Ukraine: prosperous, happy, proud, beloved, native, strong, united, modern, charming, independent, protected! Thank you all, who continue to carry light, kindness and humanity in their hearts.”
“Train conductor Natalia Babicheva. For two weeks, her evacuation train rescued people from all over Ukraine. It came under fire when it was going to Lyman to pick up a group of children. Natalia died of shrapnel. She was 48 years old. Her daughter says she wants to be as brave as her mother.”
“I want to dedicate this small drawing to all of those, who start every morning by checking if their relatives and friends are still alive and safe and if their houses are still standing.”
“Patrolmen found a dog in a broken car in Bucha. The dog was so exhausted that he slept right on the broken glass. The animal was taken to a veterinarian, and after that, one of the patrolmen took it to himself.”
“Sasha lost her arm when she, her stepfather and her mother came under fire trying to leave Gostomel. Her biological father said: “Sasha is not a victim. Sasha is a hero. She is a symbol for me. She managed to survive, she had enough energy, and she had enough strength. Thanks also for your prayers. […] The child will grow up and start looking for information about herself. She will start reading about the events of this time. It will be hard for her.” Let’s try to make this world a happier place for children and their future.”
“On February 28, 2022, near Makariv village, a Russian fighting vehicle fired a burgundy Daewoo Lanos from a 30-mm cannon. An elderly couple was in that car…”
“On March 6 a family of mother, boy and girl died from mortar shelling near Irpin, while trying to reach evacuation buses. Father, Sergiy Perebyinis, recognized the tragedy from photographs in news. A 26-year-old volunteer died as well while helping to carry a bag. Father gave an interview, which was published in The New York Times. In the year 2014, the Perebyinis family had already evacuated from Donetsk, which was occupied by Russian soldiers. A family moved to the Kyiv region to start a new life…”
“Russian soldiers shot in a line of civil people, waiting for bread. 10 died on spot. Chernihiv, March 16, 2022.”
“On the afternoon of 16 March, Russian aircraft dropped a super-powerful bomb on a drama theater in the center of Mariupol. About a thousand residents were living there and were using it as a bomb shelter. Satellite images clearly show that in front and behind the building there were made big white signs in capital letters “CHILDREN” for aviation pilots to avoid this place.”
“On April 5 it was officially declared about the death of a boy Sasha. Many people joined to search for him, as they hoped to find him. Sasha and his grandmother fled from the occupied Vyshhorod district. The boat capsized, and grandmother and other people in it died. A child was in a life jacket, but he couldn’t be found for a long time. Three weeks later, the body was found. Sasha’s mother Anna wrote about that on her Instagram.”
“In Chernihiv, a family of 5 people died due to an airstrike. March 17, 2022. Not a single family will be forgotten.”
“On April 7, in the village of Motyzhyn, Bucha district, Kyiv region, the village head Olha Sukhenko, her husband Ihor and son Olexandr, who were killed by the Russian military, were buried. Olga, her husband and her son were found tortured to death by the Russian military. May their souls rest in peace…”
“From the very beginning of the war, we come across horrible stories about when children are left alone. What to do if a child is lost and you want to temporarily provide shelter? The Office of the President of Ukraine together with UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Policy has created a chatbot for a Telegram: @dytyna_ne_sama_bot It can be reached from abroad as well.”
“Grandpa protects the baby`s sleep in a refugee shelter in Zaporizhzhia.”
“On 29 March around 08:45 AM Russian missile hit a nine-story administrative building of a regional state in Mykolaiv. More than 30 are recognized as dead so far.”
“Russia fired missiles at the Kramatorsk railway station. According to the authorities of the region, as of 17:00, it is known about 50 were dead (5 children) and almost a hundred were wounded.”
“Krasnobryzh Igor Vitaliyovych died defending his hometown Mariupol, where he was born and where he lived.”