On Tuesday, August 11 in Kyiv there opened photo exhibition dedicated to Ilovaisk tragedy.
Hromadske TV reports that the exhibition has been opened in museum of T.G. Shevchenko.
Photographers Oleksander Glyadelov, Maksym Dondiuk, Maksym Levin and Markiyan Luseiko dedicated their works to those who perished in Ilovaisk encirclement and to those who survived.
Servicemen of 93 brigade with call sign ‘Glib’ says that these photographs reminded him of the scale of the events year ago. ‘When we were there it was our job, we didn’t see the scale. But now I can see some people on these photographs that are already dead and this is a way to honor them and remind of this tragedy.’
Photographers say that when they made those photos they didn’t have an idea of exhibition, it emerged later.
The main task of the event is to remind of the Ilovaisk tragedy, of soldiers who died there.
The other context discussed in press is that nobody among higher military ranks was punished for what had happened.
‘Situation which occurred there didn’t occur because servicemen fought badly. They fought like mad, however, there were some strange orders on the level of high commandment and this situation emerged’, – said one of co-authors of the exhibition Maksym Dondiuk.
Battles in Ilovaisk took place in the second half of August, 2014.
There are different data concerning losses of Ukrainian Army in Ilovaisk. Official sources report about several hundreds (about 450-500) of killed and almost equal amount of wounded. However, non-governmental organizations say that about 1000 servicemen were killed.
According to Security Service of Ukraine, they have documented evidence of involvement of 3.5 thousand Russian servicemen in Ilovaisk battles.
Russian side traditionally denies its involvement in the conflict.