: The Victors arrive in Ivano-Frankivsk (photos)

11:46 May. 15, 2016

The Victors arrive in Ivano-Frankivsk (photos)

The Victors arrive in Ivano-Frankivsk (Facebook/Solomiya Vitvitska)

Soldiers maimed by war in eastern Ukraine tell their stories to change public perception of people with disabilities

After travelling around Ukraine, putting on a special presentation at the European Parliament, and having visited Toronto, the Victors have arrived in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk.

The international multimedia project spearheaded by Ukraine's "1+1" TV channel and "Viva!" magazine, opened on Saturday, May 14 at Ivan Franko National Academic Music and Drama Theatre.

The photo-exhibit features 17 Ukrainian veterans and one female volunteer, who lost their limbs in the war in eastern Ukraine but did not give up.

Watch also Soldiers who returned from eastern Ukraine learn to live with prosthetics

Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Morderer undertook the project to shine the spotlight on soldiers and show the world they're still as confident and strong as ever. The main idea behind the exhibition is to show that people with prostheses are the fully functional members of society, who can be beautiful and happy, joyful and goal-oriented, who can live like others - pursue their dreams, marry, have kids and get the new victories.

The event, curated by the Ukrainian TV presenter Solomiya Vitvitska, was attended by local authorities, volunteers, public activists and servicemen who fought on the frontlines of Donbas.

The exhibit will be on display until June 5 with all the funds raised going for prosthetics development in Ukraine.

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