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The Painted Helmets Of Ukraine's Protest Movement

As mass antigovernment protests continue in Kyiv, activists have found a new medium for their message. Artists aligned with the Euromaidan demonstrations are exhibiting more than 100 painted helmets of the type worn by protesters to protect themselves during clashes with police. The decorations range from religious icons and nationalist slogans to the folk art style know as petrykivka. (Photos by Iryna Stelmakh, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Some 100 painted helmets are on display at the Ukrainian House and the Kyiv city administration building, both controlled by antigovernment protesters.
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Some 100 painted helmets are on display at the Ukrainian House and the Kyiv city administration building, both controlled by antigovernment protesters.

The Ukrainian national coat of arms surrounded by floral designs
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The Ukrainian national coat of arms surrounded by floral designs

One helmet bears the date January 22, 2014, when at least three protesters died in clashes with police.
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One helmet bears the date January 22, 2014, when at least three protesters died in clashes with police.

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Some artists use the floral folk-art style called petrykivka.
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Some artists use the floral folk-art style called petrykivka.

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Slogans state "Ukraine in Europe" and "Revolution of honor."
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Slogans state "Ukraine in Europe" and "Revolution of honor."

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A painting of the mass protests on Kyiv's Independence Square, also known as the Maidan
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A painting of the mass protests on Kyiv's Independence Square, also known as the Maidan

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