Though the crisis in Ukraine has largely receded from the headlines, suffering continues in the country, with 1.8 million people displaced by conflict between government forces and Russian-backed fighters. Two Ukrainian sculptors recently unveiled a set of monuments to the tragedy: a collection of artwork made with shrapnel and bullets that took people’s lives in the country’s ravaged eastern frontline. These scraps of war best express the reality in Ukraine, the artists say.
The pieces explore themes such as violence, dictatorship, and propaganda. Russia, under president Vladimir Putin, annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine in March 2014, triggering an armed conflict that to date has claimed some 9,500 lives.