12:18 Nov. 21, 2016
The symbol of Ukraine's fortitude will help those fighting Russian-backed forces in Donbas
Ukraine's version of the famous ‘Iron Throne' has been auctioned off in the city of Zaporizhia. The massive installation built out of spent munitions was bought by a local businessman, who did not want to be named.
The online auction ran from November 14 through November 21. According to organizers, some 30 bidders from Ukraine, Czechia and Poland were interested in the lot.
The winning bidder paid 150,000 hryvnias [about USD 6,000] for the unique symbol of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine. The money, raised from the auction, will be spent to buy two thermal imagery devices and a car for the Ukrainian servicemen.
The buyer has not specified yet where he will take the throne to.
Unlike his well-known prototype made of swords, the Donbas throne is not fictional. The construction was made of bullets, shells, bomb casings and other grim reminders of war, scattered across the frontline. It was built by Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers, fighting the combined Russian-separatist forces near Avdiyivka in Donetsk region.