Maintaining Dignity and Sovereignty to the Bitter End
- Writers : Denis Fadiev, Ruslan Samryk and Bohdana Vitkovska
- artist’s : Oleksandr Koreshkov, Katerina Kosheleva, Yevgeny Tonchilov, Volodymyr Povorozhnik, Ihor Kurilin, Maxim Bohdanovsky, Bohdana Vitkovska, Nazar Ponik, Kyrilo Malov
- Style : Biography, Historical, War
- Publisher : Tokyopop
- publication date : August 2022
On the night of February 23, 2022, the nation of 41 million people fell into an uneasy sleep with enemies on their country’s borders. When he awoke, his nation was engulfed in flames of war.
This is not the plot of a novel or film; This is the living reality of the Ukrainian people invaded by the Russian Federation in a unilateral act of violence. The war, which has now lasted more than half a year, has displaced a third of the country and forced some 7 million Ukrainians to flee to Western Europe.
Yet the great people of Ukraine did not hold back from defending their birthplace even once. From civilians taking up arms against the invaders to the Ukrainian army fighting against great odds, people have shown unmatched courage and resilience.
In Tokyopop’s graphic novel anthology, Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine, nine Ukrainian artists come together to share interconnected stories of Ukraine’s ongoing war, and to encourage both their countrymen and the viewing world that they Will uphold his dignity and sovereignty till the bitter end. ,
For the vast majority of our readers, including us, the concept of ‘war’ is something that is read about in school books, or sensationalized in fiction. Even those serving his family members have probably never seen conflict on their soil.
For better times the last year, the world has seen horrific events on TV and in the news—but hearing about it and knowing about it are two different things. Peremoha: Victory of Ukraine brings this reality to life in wonderfully illustrated stories, each focusing on a different part of the war.
There is a story on the semi-legendary “Ghost of Kyiv” – an alleged fighter pilot who single-handedly shot down several Russian jets; And second on the resilience of civilian fighters who risk their lives to defend their homes against armored tanks. Stories the world read about in the newspapers—such as the fierce defense of a land (snake) island—come to life in the gritty detail in these pages.
Yet Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine is not a sad story, not by any stretch of the imagination. Unspeakable horrors have been inflicted upon the people of Ukraine by the invasion, but it is the pride and courage of civilians and soldiers that form the focus of attention in this graphic novel.
Peremoha: Ukraine’s victory speaks not only of the current war, but of the long and bitter history between these two countries. The nation of Ukraine existed long before what we call Moscow today, and Ukraine has made several attempted invasions from Russia before the 17th century.
The writers and artists capture the spirit of not only the defenders, but the attackers as well. Although there are many Russian invaders inspired by the aggressive ideas of Vladimir Putin, there are also many soldiers who were promised money and victory, and sold nothing but an early death. This does not mean that Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine is sympathetic to Russian troops – no one would expect the country to be unjustly besieged – but several stories shed light on reports that many Russian soldiers was essentially “sold to the river.”
Why you should read Peremoha: Victory of Ukraine
Regular readers will know that Honey’s anime usually offers “pros” and “cons” for reading manga or novels. But there is no room to debate the merits of Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine, as it is ultimately the artistic embodiment of a nation’s desire to maintain its sovereignty and protect its people.
If you, like us, follow the war with sympathy for the plight of the Ukrainian people – or, if you have only superficially interacted with the news and don’t really understand what war looks like – you may find this graphic Must read novel.
Even better, a portion of the proceeds from Peremoha: Ukraine’s sale of the winnings goes to Razom for Ukraine, a non-profit Ukrainian-American human rights organization that directly supports the people of Ukraine.
All of us who want a democratic world free of senseless war and violence should read this graphic novel, and understand the Ukrainian fight for freedom.
Art is a universal medium, capable of expressing human feelings that transcend cultural or linguistic barriers. Whether you have nothing to do with the Ukrainian invasion, or you have family or ancestry from Ukraine, Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine is a defiant insight into the war and its people.
The creators of Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine have delivered a very simple message: Victory will undoubtedly come to the Ukrainian people, through the bravery of their people and the cooperation of the democratic societies of the world.