Bulleted Fence in Irpin

by Roman Cheplyk
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Bulleted Fence in Irpin

We cover the horror of war with drawings as if it can return childhood to our children

Irpin is a small town not far from Kyiv. Irpin, Bucha and Gostomel became strategic for the siege and occupation of Kyiv. Since February 25, Irpin has been under Russian occupation: Russian beasts have raped, brutally killed and starved hundreds of people. On March 28, the city was liberated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and a picture of ashes appeared before everyone's eyes: dead people on the streets, mass graves, burned houses and shot-down fences.

The fence of the house you see on the cover was also shot down by the Russians. Like hundreds of other houses and fences, this one was painted over with cheerful colours. Because children, who will always remember what a war is, pass by them daily. In years these children will tell their children how the Russians killed their childhood and parents. For example, this boy will tell his children how during the occupation of Irpin his mother died of starvation and was buried in the yard. And when the Ukrainian soldiers liberated the city, brought food and medicine, the boy brought canned food to his mother's grave.

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