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Ukraine's Revolutionary Art

Amid the rubble and smoke-filled streets of Kyiv, Ukraine's artists have been hard at work, endeavoring to capture this dramatic moment in their country's history. Rather than staying in the studio, artists have brought their easels, paintbrushes, and canvases to the streets and even onto the barricades. Many of them protesters themselves, they have also decorated their helmets and shields. Here is a selection of their work.

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"Barricades" by Ksenja Oksin 
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"Barricades" by Ksenja Oksin 

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The author, who wished to remain anonymous, said the painting represented his country today. "Ukrainians showed people of other countries that we are not afraid of anything. When the situation become very difficult, nobody surrenders," he wrote.
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The author, who wished to remain anonymous, said the painting represented his country today. "Ukrainians showed people of other countries that we are not afraid of anything. When the situation become very difficult, nobody surrenders," he wrote.

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Painting by Vitaliy Dmitruk.
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Painting by Vitaliy Dmitruk.

An artist decorates the shield of an antigovernment protester in Kyiv.
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An artist decorates the shield of an antigovernment protester in Kyiv.

Artist: Vitaliy Dmitruk.
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Artist: Vitaliy Dmitruk.

"Nihoyan" by Ksenja Oksin. Serhiy Nihoyan was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kyiv.  
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"Nihoyan" by Ksenja Oksin. Serhiy Nihoyan was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kyiv.  

Artist: Vitaliy Dmitruk 
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Artist: Vitaliy Dmitruk 

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