New York based art dealer Cuban Fine Arts and EUASU (the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Ukraine) started the project “Art Against War” to support scholars, journalists, photographers and people in need due to the present conflict in Ukraine. The participants in the project are Ukrainian artists who express the courage and unity of the Ukrainian people through their art.
Since the invasion of February 2022, Russian forces have waged a brutal war, laying waste to cities, villages and infrastructure. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of civilians have died, along with tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides. Millions have been forced to leave their homes behind and flee abroad. Russian forces have targeted journalists doing their work, with at least eight killed in the line of duty and another six while off-duty. One was shot dead at a Russian military checkpoint and another died in a precision strike on the Kyiv TV station. Art and artists are also being targeted. More than 30 artists have died in various circumstances, some fighting for Ukraine, others dying because of air strikes and still others murdered outright. For example, conductor Yuriy Kerpatenko was shot in his home for refusing to take part in a Russian-backed concert, and artist Liubov Panchenko starved to death in Russian-occupied Bucha.
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