On November 28, the second event of the Australian tour “War Up Close” took place. This time, we presented the project within the walls of the Parliament in Canberra.
Similar to the previous exhibition at the National University, the exposition included cardboard VR goggles with videos of destroyed civil and cultural objects in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Zaporizhia, and artifacts from the Russian army: personal belongings of soldiers and the weapons they use to harm Ukrainians. Additionally, we introduced Ukrainian postage stamps “Weapons of Victory.” However, they did not yet feature the Bushmaster, so we reached an agreement with our Australian partners: they provided us with a new batch of Bushmasters, and Ukrainians will have new victories over Russian invaders, along with new stamps featuring the Bushmaster as a symbol of our joint victory.
“I believe we managed to convey the idea that assistance to Ukraine is not charity. It is more of an investment by partner countries in their own future. The sooner we make this investment, the lower the cost we will all pay for our right to live in a free civilized world”, commented one of the exhibition organizers, Oleksiy Syvak.
The event was supported by the Centre for European Studies ANU, the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, the Embassy of Ukraine in Australia, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
Thanks to everyone who came to support Ukrainians. Today, our honorary guests included the leader of the opposition, Hon Peter Dutton, and Australian senators Linda Reynolds, David Fawcett, Jane Hume, Kerrynne Liddle, Michaelia Cash, Richard Colbeck, and Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.
We are preparing for a new exhibition at the University of Sydney, which will take place from November 30 to December 1.