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THE VICTORS in Latvia. Riga hosts photo exhibition of ATO fighters, who lost limbs but not the strength of spirit
07 November 2016 16:32

On November 5 the Riga Museum of War hosted a presentation of the social multimedia project THE VICTORS, a joint initiative of TSN (Television Service of News, 1+1 TV Channel) and VIVA! Magazine, featuring the stories of ATO fighters and volunteers who lost their limbs during the war in eastern Ukraine.

The photos demonstrate the extreme adversity people with prosthetic devices have overcome in their life in order to be fully-functioning, happy and contributing members of society.

While opening the presentation, Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia Yevgen Perebyinis compared the heroes of the project with Ukraine itself, which has lost part of its territory, but not the ability to continue the struggle.

The project in Riga was presented by its curator, 1+1 host, Solomiya Vitvitska, as well as the participants themselves – Viktor Kardash, Oleksandr Shvetsov and Oleksii Zamirko. The photo exhibition is based on a series of photos by Oleksandr Morderer and art director Tetiana Rubliova, video backstage and stories by Solomiya Vitvitska and a charity issue of the VIVA! magazine. Ukrainian singer Svitlana Tarabarova performed at the event.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia staged the project presentation in Riga under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health of Latvia and sponsorship of the Ukraine International Airlines and Privatbank.

Speaking to the audience, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia Andrejs Panteļējevs expressed his sincere admiration of the strength of spirit and will of Ukrainian veterans and promised to continue supporting Ukraine at the level of the Ministry of Defence of Latvia.

Chairman of the Congress of Ukrainians of Latvia Mykola Pavliuk granted the participants of the project the certificates on rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Center “Vaivari” in Jurmala, Latvia.

During the presentation the guests were proposed to buy the English version of the charity issue of the VIVA! magazine, the money raised from its sale are directed to the development of modern prosthetics in Ukraine.

The exhibition is open at the War Museum by November 9. 

Photos from the event - https://flic.kr/s/aHskL3EwXC

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