Ukraine war – “Today we woke up with the sirens and the most of the cities of our country have been bombed. Russian invaders are on our borders and they keep attacking our Ukrainian forces all day long.” Sivak+Partners studio wrote from Odessa, Ukraine. On February 24, Russia invaded the country. After weeks of preparation within the Russian and Belarusian territories, an army of nearly 200.000 men equipped with ultimate weaponry and tanks crossed the border despite diplomatic efforts to prevent the attack.
On the first day of the Russian invasion, more than 160 missiles were fired, with 57 people killed and 169 wounded. Russian President Vladimir Putin defined the attack as a “special military operation,” a so-called ‘due act’ aiming to protect eastern pro-Russian Ukrainian provinces. According to Putin, their local Russian communities were victims of a “Nazi regime.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – and the NATO alliance – condemned the Russian invasion as a real and unjustified war against a country Putin doesn’t recognise as such. Ukraine and its allies refuse the ‘Nazi regime’ fake theory and propaganda, being Ukraine a sovereign democracy.
“Ukraine is an independent, strong and extremely creative state. I am Ukrainian. I love my Home, I love my Motherland, I’m so proud of my roots and the place where I was born.” Says Sergey Makhno, founder of Makhno Architects. “All our hope is in us, all the power in the people. Today, tomorrow, always.”
“We want to see the end of it asap, but we want the world to spread the thought that there are no peace in Europe in 2022 and Russia is responsible for this.” Sivak+Partners studio wrote on Instagram.
“World speak up! Stand for Ukraine!” is the call of Kyiv-based studio Faina Design. “Every Ukrainian soul is fighting now,” added Yova Yager. Architects and designers have been forced to shut their studios, pause their projects and seek shelter or flee their country.
As the Russians began to prepare for attacking, NATO – which includes the US and most of the European Union – and allied countries started deploying a growing army within its territories bordering Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. We are at the beginning of harsh times not to be extinguished in the short period.
Ukraine war photos: courtesy of the Say No to War image collection.