News Society, 24/09/2018

Kharkiv Metro Commemorates Donbas War Ukrainian Heroes

On September 22, Story of Invictus metro carriage with the photos of perished ATO combatants from the Kharkiv region started operating on Saltivska subway line.

The Remembrance Train consists of subway cars, each portraying our compatriots who were killed on the battlefields in Afghanistan, WWII or during Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The “Heroes of the Kharkiv Region in Undeclared War: Story of Invictusis” carriage is a new addition in the middle of the train. About 200 photos of warriors, killed in Russia-Ukraine war, and posters with brief information about war’s hot spots, including battles of Donetsk airport, Ilovaisk, Debaltseve and Mariupol are exhibited.

Project’s initiators, families of perished fighters, civic activists, Russia-Ukraine war veterans and Kharkiv Regional State Administration officials took part in the carriage’s launch.

Civic activist, the head of Golden Pegasus NGO, Mykola Blahovestov, came up with the idea of having such subway car. The head of the National Association of Missing Persons and Perished Defenders of Ukraine Maryna Poliakova searched for photos of deceased soldiers and designer Ihor Kulish created the carriage’s interior. It took them 9 months to complete the project.

“This is a small part we can do for the remembrance of our fighters and understanding what’s going on in the east of Ukraine. Not all relatives agreed to share photos of their perished sons and husbands, some of them did not have suitable photos so they used a photo editor. These are the pictures of combatants who were killed by the end of 2017,” noted Maryna Poliakova.

According to a Kharkiv Euromaidan coordinator, journalist Volodymyr Chystilin, the project aims to draw the attention of Kharkivites to their compatriots who have sacrificed their lives for the independence of Ukraine.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo:, Ihor Isakov, Leonid Lohvinenko