Each May, veterans of World War II come out into the streets of post-Soviet cities under victory banners. This year 60 thousand World War II veterans, who reached the age of 85, still live in Ukraine.

364 days a year those who crossed the fields of World War II more than half a century ago presently live in an abandoned and devastated state, witnessing the memories of their war overshadowed by new wars and new threats in Ukraine.

This series is a tribute to mortality of human beings, the fragility of humankind memory, one battleground turing into another. A landscape of weary lives in the glow of sparkling medals and carefully preserved parade uniforms. Symbols of entities fading right before our eyes, still firm with its iron cold grip.

— Igor Chekachkov, “Veterans series” 2013-2014

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