New photos of Kyiv’s imposing Mother Ukraine monument, newly adorned with Ukraine’s trademark ‘Tryzub’ (Trident), were released by Ukrainian photographers Kostiantyn and Vlada Liberov on Instagram on Aug. 7.
The imposing 102-meter Soviet-era statue that towers over the capital’s Dnipro River recently saw the Tryzub replace the Soviet hammer and sickle.
The monument will also be renamed – from the ‘Motherland’ monument to ‘Mother Ukraine’.
The photographers took photos of the reworked monument and posted them on social media to mark this landmark milestone.
“We should have done this a long time ago,” the photographer pair wrote as a caption to the photos.
“Both our symbols and our language are a powerful cultural shield whose importance is too often and too naively underestimated. After all, it was our cultural identity as a nation that became, in our opinion, the main problem that our enemies did not take into account, and which they will never be able to solve. You can put a million-strong army on our borders but no force will turn Ukrainians into Russians. We’re different. And we’re free. We’ll leave these photos here not as a news hook but as memories of this landmark milestone.”
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