Ukrainian students turn Russian missile fragments into works of art for charity

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Artists from Ukraine have turned fragments of Russian missiles into patriotic art.

Pupils of the Lviv National Academy of Arts - Olga Tsybulya, Angelina Andrusyshyn, Olga Lementarchuk, and Ruslana Gagan - have already painted 10 fragments of rockets that will be raffled to raise funds for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Announcing the raffle, organiser Tanya Turchyna wrote on Facebook: "These are the debris of the rockets that beat Lviv and the region on April 26 and May 3."

She added that some bear the image of St. Yuri (George), the "snake fighter", who in addition to being England's Patron Saint is also Lviv's. He is depicted as piercing a dragon-like serpent clad in the colours of a Russian flag.

Other fragments feature Ukraine's trident symbol, soldiers, images of destroyed buildings, and the explosives hunting dog, Patron. One fragment is also adorned with sunflowers - the plant that became a symbol of defiance after an elderly woman told an invading Russian soldier to put seeds in his pockets so they would grow when he dies.

Turchyna's group, Forever with Ukraine, provides non-lethal military and general aid to Ukraine. Organisers have raised over €30,000 in monetary donations and €100,000 in in-kind donations including rescue tourniquets, military boots, Easter gifts for displaced orphans, walkie talkies, binoculars, thermal imaging devices, medical supplies, non-lethal tactical military gear, and solar-powered phone chargers.

One piece of art will go to the raffle winner, another will go to the person with the highest donation, and the other pieces will be auctioned off for charity across Europe.

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