Ukrainian Heroes Immortalized in Fresco
Among those displayed in the new fresco are warriors of Kyivan Rus, soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, as well as those who died during the Euromaidan Revolution and the war in Donbas
Among them are warriors of Kyivan Rus, soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, as well as those who died during the Euromaidan Revolution and the war in Donbas. The fresco can be found in a military chapel near Askold’s Grave in Kyiv.
Every day, people come to pray in the Kyiv chapel, some in front of the fresco depicting the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred and the soldiers, who died defending Ukraine in Donbas. Among those portrayed is Ivan Zubkov – a Hero of Ukraine and a commander of a fire support company. He was one of five of the defenders of the Donetsk International Airport, who are portrayed on the fresco, nicknamed “cyborgs” for their resilience.
” (This is) Ivan Zubkov, my brother. Behind him are these 100 cyborgs, who died in 242 days. There are four cyborgs depicted here: Ihor Bronevytskyi, Andriy Hrytsan, Serhiy Tabala – the youngest cyborg, “Sever,” and my brother. They are always with them,” Iryna Zubkova said.
Tamara Shvets is Viktor Shvets’ widow, a hero of the Heavenly Hundred who was killed by a sniper on February 19th, 2014, during the Euromaidan Revolution. Next to him, is the portrait of Vasyl Slipak, the famous Ukrainian opera singer and volunteer fighter, who was killed on the front line in Donbas
“I came here. It feels like they are all by my side. Especially since I met Vasyl Slipak near the cross, set up in memory of the Heavenly Hundred. And now they are here, next to each other,” Shvets said.
On the fresco, Sochenko depicted 55 fighters who gave their lives for Ukraine. The artist herself took part in the Euromaidan Revolution and visited the front line in Donbas. She created a number of artworks there. The fresco features the portraits of people she knew personally.
“I saw the amazing people fighting on the front line. They are in extremely difficult conditions there. Everyone who died is a hero. It’s a great sacrifice,” Sochenko said.
Sochenko said that her work is almost finished. Two more walls are being painted with biblical motifs. For now, only the families of the heroes portrayed on the fresco have seen the artwork – but soon, it will be open to all.