“Soldier through the ages”

May 14, 2015
Mobilized reconnaissance man Mykola Balaban is a historian who defended country near Debaltsevo town for several months, he has become an inspirer for creation photo exhibition about Ukrainian warriors
“Soldier through the ages”

The exhibition “Soldier through the ages” that is embodied image of Ukrainian defender since the earliest times till the modern times, was opened at National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv. The cadets, servicemen, warriors of volunteer battalions and connoisseurs of art saw the unique exhibits.

– Being in the ATO area, I understood that the images of historical Ukrainian warrior lack. That is why, I decided to prove everyone that the military tradition emerged several tens of centuries ago on the territory of Ukraine. Russia constantly created the moment of insignificance for Ukraine that negatively influenced on a human world view – Mykola Balaban noted. – We used the method of historical reconstruction in order to reproduce all planned as accurate as possible.

Due to photos we can see how the warriors of Kievan Rus, Zaporozhian Cossacks, Sich Riflemen, warriors of Ukrainian People’s Army and Ukrainian Galician Army, kholodnoiarivski rebels, the warriors of Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Red Army soldiers and modern heroes – ATO servicemen and volunteers.

It is interesting that the photos show professional reconstructors and historians, not the actors. Photos dedicated to ATO period, were taken in Luhansk region, in addition real servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posed in front of photographer.