Documenting Dramatic Transformation of Ukraine’s Army
9 March, 2017

The presentation of the photobook “RAW: A History of Changes in Ukrainians and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, which documents the transformations of the Ukrainian army and society in the period between 2014 and 2016, took place in Kyiv.

The book includes 137 documentary photos taken by 33 photographers from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and the USA. Photos were taken at the forefront and behind the lines and are followed by explanations about the place, time and circumstances under which they were taken.

Thus, the stories presented in the book allow monitoring and documenting of the formation of the modern Ukrainian Armed forces through the memories of witnesses and direct participants of this process.

Hromadske, with permission of the authors, published some photos from the photobook.

July 12, 2015

Avdiyivka, Donetsk region

Soldiers of the Voluntary Ukrainian Corps “Right Sector” (DUK) are returning from their military positions.
Photo: Valeriy Puzik

December 2, 2014

Pisky village, Donetsk region

Ukrainian soldiers are taking ammunition for the gun by a specially equipped armored vehicle in the village of Pisky, not far from the Donetsk airport.
Photo: Anatoliy Stepanov

March 19, 2016

Pavlopil village, Donetsk region

2 Ukrainian soldiers are getting back to their positions after visiting the shop under a snowstorm.  
Photo: Brendan Hoffman

August 19, 2014

Grabske village, Donetsk region

An officer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, commander of the sapper platoon, Vitaliy Chernykh is waiting out the mortar shelling. He survived in the Ilovaisk tragedy and managed to take his soldiers out of the encirclement.
Photo: Oleksandr Glyadelov

March 29, 2015

Avdiyivka, Donetsk region

Commander of the 95th brigade Igor Gerasymenko and commander of the 25th company Petro Zakhozhyi are coordinating further actions at the base of the 25th brigade in the post office of Avdiyivka.
Photo: Ivan Bogdan

July 5, 2014

Slovyansk, Donetsk region

Larysa, a 30-year-old woman from Mykolayivka, a town near Slovyansk of the Donetsk region, was hospitalized after her house was destroyed by shelling on the 5th of July, 2014.  Shortly before this happened, the Ukrainian Army reclaimed Slovyansk and the surrounding cities, which were occupied by pro-Russian fighters for more than 2 months.
Photo: Oleksiy Furman

June 16, 2015

Shyrokyne village, Donetsk region

Paramedics Mykola and Dasha provide first medical aid to the injured.
Photo: Olga Yakymovych

September 14, 2014

Schastya, Luhansk region

A soldier from the volunteer battalion “Aidar” at the block-post not far from Schastya, Luhansk region.
Photo: Viktor Gurnyak

March 12, 2015

Slovyansk, Donetsk region

Destroyed bridge in Slovyansk.

Photo: Sergiy Polozheka

May 2015

Krymske village, Luhansk region

Road to Krymske village, near Luhansk.

Photo: Sergiy Morgunov