Pro-Russian rebels fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine inspire a toy soldier maker to cast them in metal for future generations to see. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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A toy soldier maker in Moscow prepares for the launch of his new collection -- they're pro-Russian rebel fighters inspired by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Timur Zamilov says he previously designed a set of toy soldiers after the annexation of Crimea.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOY SOLDIER MAKER, TIMUR ZAMILOV, SAYING:
"We are just acting as reporters, like photographers. We are reflecting an era."
His new collection is called "Toy soldiers of Novorossiya" -- or New Russia -- a reference to the regions in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatist fighters want full independence.
There's even a miniature of prominent rebel leader Igor Strelkov.
As tension escalates in eastern Ukraine, Zamilov says he's not sure what the future holds for separatists -- but he hopes their likeness in his toys will become a part of history.
The new collection of rebel fighters is set to go on sale at a local bookstore on Monday.
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