A pop-up exhibition by Lithuanian-Australian artist Rimas Kabaila at the International Flag Display in Canberra last week was a stark reminder of the atrocities committed by russia since February 2022 in its genocidal war on Ukraine.
Memorial plaques – engraved with a tryzub and the name of individual sites of russian brutality and genocide – feature a deadly and chilling list.
Civilian torture in Irpin. Executions of Azov defenders in Olenivka. Civilian targeting of Mariupol Theatre. Infrastructure sabotage at Kakhovka Dam.
Attended by the Ukrainian Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko and his wife Liana, Fr Michael Solomko from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Friends of Ukraine Canberra-Queanbeyan and members of the local Ukrainian and Lithuanian communities, the exhibition has been displayed outside the russian embassy, Parliament House and in country towns including Gundagai, Lockhart, Hay, Brewarrina, Walgett, Parkes and Cowra.
Thank you Rimas for ensuring Australians never forget what russia has done in Ukraine. Together we will continue to honour the victims and fight for russia to be held accountable for its crimes.