This beautiful family killed so cruelly by a Russian mortar in Mariupol from my post two days ago for International Women’s Day are anonymous no longer thanks to an article in yesterday’s New York Times. The photographs of Tetiana Perebyinis and her two children Mykyta, 18 and Alisa, 9 are being carried by their grieving husband and father Serhiy to whom we send our truly heartfelt condolences on his unbearable loss. Please read Andrew Kramer’article, “They died by a bridge in Ukraine. This is their story” so that the lives of the Perebyinis family can never be forgotten and are made as real for you as they now are for me, a heartbreaking story that becomes symbolic of countless thousands of others that sadly we may never know. 💙💛
From Giotto to Picasso, from Guernica to Mariupol, another Massacre of the Innocents today with the bombing of the Maternity and Children’s Hospital of Mariupol, a crime against humanity that is a despicable atrocity that needs us to bear witness to in any way we know how. My drawing today, which will become a painting in due course, is born from a profound sense of helplessness and heartache that I know is felt by us all. 💙💛
On this International Women’s Day my thoughts are of the women and children of Ukraine and of the mother and her two children killed by Russian mortar fire in Irpin and of the photojournalist Lynsey Addario who bravely risked her life to record this crime for all the world to see, and who with so many other brave women journalists with their male colleagues are ensuring the documentation of the history of these dark times. Together with the brave Ukrainian women who are fighting for their country they are all true heroes on this International Women’s Day of 2022. 💙💛
Words and voices from Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday standing with the people of Ukraine and for an end to the agony of this senseless war as we continue with broken hearts to mourn the women, men and children who are being so cruelly killed each day by a heartless and demented war criminal who must one day be held to account.
As the horrors and heartbreak of each day continue in Ukraine the photo of a little six-year-old girl lying lifeless on a gurney in a hospital in Mariupol under the coat she was wearing just an hour or two before, has been seared into my mind. The doctors who fought so hard to try and save her life exclaimed after she died “Show this to Putin.” These simple drawings loudly echo their words as, with broken hearts, we all continue to Stand With Ukraine.
Sixteen beautiful children have been killed in Ukraine according to the Ukraine Minister of Health with heartbreaking images that are hard to see. These sixteen sunflowers painted today are in their memory as we grieve the loss of their young lives together with all those who have lost their lives in these senseless crimes against humanity.
“We will defend our state, because our weapon is truth.
And the truth is that this is our land, our country, our children.
And we will defend all of it.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, February 26, 2022
The brave Russians demonstrating against their own government across the country in opposition to the war, with more than 1800 arrested, are heroes all, providing a glimmer of hope for an uncertain future and a little light in the darkness as the bombs continue to fall in Ukraine tonight, with the sheltering families and children very much in my thoughts.