17th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Portrait of Valentyna, internally displaced ukrainian activist from Crimea
In 2014 Russia occupied Crimea and started war in Donbass, Ukraine. Every day my country is defending its people and boarders. 13 000 of people were murdered and around 1,5 million of people from Donbas and Crimea became Internally displaced persons.
I started to shoot portraits of Crimea residents that were forced to leave their homes and move to Ukraine. All of them are activists that were fighting for Ukraine and refused to have Russian citizenship. It was dangerous for them to stay in Crimea when Russian troops invaded.
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