A powerful collection of photographs tells some of the personal stories of the Ukraine war and opens a window into the lives of those caught up in the conflict.
A front-line wedding between a married couple named Alla and Oleksandr is among the moments of war captured by Kostyantin and Vlada Lebrov.
The bride surprised “everything” on his birthday in the military position by waking the soldier before the ceremony was held by a priest at a local church.
His companions, still in military gear, watched as the pair took their vows in an “incredible” moment that came amid the unit’s fight against the invading Russian forces.
The Liberovs’ family said on their website that she later joined her new husband in an unspecified area and wanted to join the Ukrainian armed forces to be by his side.
The paparazzi describe the marriage, during which Alaa tried an anti-tank weapon, as “another incredible love story born out of this terrible war.”
In a card to her love, Alaa wrote: “You are my everything, you are my life.”
In another touching photo, a soldier takes a selfie as a missile explodes in the sky from behind him.
The comrade in another picture shows the everyday nature of war, holding a watermelon and pointing his thumb up as another missile explodes in the sky.
The couple also captured the loss, savagery, and savagery of an all-out invasion, as they gained the trust of their military and humanitarian connections.
In another time-lapse photo, two fighter jets tour the funeral of a military pilot in the central city of Vinnytsia, about a month after the war.
In the war-torn city of Irpen, fear, shock and relief were captured on the faces of the victims as they evacuated at the beginning of April.
Photojournalists have also documented the horrific aftermath of the brutal Russian occupation of population settlements north of Kyiv, including Irpin and Bucha.
A corpse covered in wood rags appears during forensic work by a team in biohazard suits in a hero city, synonymous with Russian war crimes.
The despair of the devastation wrought by Moscow’s forces is etched on the face of a man standing among the ruins of his home in a village near Avdiivka in the eastern Donbass region.
But the hope and determination of the Ukrainians also give shape.
General Dmitro Marchenko, who has defended Ukraine since 2014 in battles such as the defense of Donetsk airport, appears full of determination as the couple portrayed him.
Kostiantyn and Vlada used their extensive network of contacts across the country to more closely reach people’s lives and frontline areas beyond the confines of other media.
Traveling extensively, they took pictures in Kharkiv, Severodonetsk, Lyschansk, Mykolaiv, and many small towns that are daily bombarded by Russian troops.
Photos of the Liberovs family – along with other photos taken by photographers covering the war in Ukraine – will be shown at an outdoor rally in Manchester on Saturday.
The collection of about 20 large photographs includes unfiltered photographs documenting the torture and killing of civilians by Russian forces and their proxy forces.
Alina Kostropitska, 32, a refugee who was a wedding announcer and TV journalist in Kyiv, is one of the organizers of the Ukrainian community in Manchester.
Alina, who is staying with a British host family in the city, told Metro.co.uk that gatherings take place every Saturday, with this week’s event including a photo exhibition where people will upload large photos by Liberovs and others along. The road to Piccadilly Gardens.
“We want to send a message that this is our tragedy, and we do not want the world to turn the page and forget the war,” she said. Ukrainians cannot turn the page because this is our life, in our homes, with pictures showing the cruelty of Russia, the terrorist and the aggressor.
“The message is that the war is not over yet.”
I know Kostiantyn from Ukraine through his work as a wedding photographer.
When he decided to take pictures of the war we were touched by his courage and powerful images of not only events but people, stories and feelings.
“My opinion is that you can look at people’s souls through his pictures.”
The rally is being held as part of the #manchesterstandswithukraine campaign and also includes works by Yevhenii Zavhorodny from Ukraine and Dmytro Kotyukh from Estonia.
One goal is to make sure the world continues to see the full truth of war.
Alina told Metro.co.uk that Instagram and Facebook have removed photos documenting traces of Russian brutality.
“The war in Ukraine is not a sensitive content,” Lebrov said in a letter sent to the organizers.
‘This is a reality. And we have to talk about it loudly and long enough to get enough attention.
“Because yes, the attention, unfortunately, is still not enough.
‘As long as the aggressor is not punished, this is not enough. It is not enough until our homes are rebuilt.
“Until all our lands are liberated and our boys and girls come home alive, there will be absolutely nothing.”
The event takes place from 2pm to 4pm at Piccadilly Gardens. View more photos by Liberovs here
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Source : metro.co.uk