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Ukrainians get tattoos to raise funds for military

Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, poses with her traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21, 2022. Besides acting as her personal guardian angel, Shustykova also felt a personal connection to these dolls because she used to teach children how to make them.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, poses with her traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21, 2022. Besides acting as...more

Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, poses with her traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21, 2022. Besides acting as her personal guardian angel, Shustykova also felt a personal connection to these dolls because she used to teach children how to make them. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, gets a Ukrainian coat of arms trident done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, gets a Ukrainian coat of arms trident done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, gets a Ukrainian coat of arms trident done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine May 21. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom".  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom". REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom". REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, gets a tattoo of a traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo  in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, gets a tattoo of a traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maria Shustykova, 21, an art student, gets a tattoo of a traditional Motanka (guardian angel) doll tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Myroslava Arnautova, 18, poses with her first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Arnautova, chose a tattoo of a sketch of a bird by the 85-year-old Ukrainian artist Lyubov Panchenko, who died in April in Bucha during the invasion. "This is my first tattoo but now it feels like I had it all my life."  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Myroslava Arnautova, 18, poses with her first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Arnautova, chose a tattoo of a sketch of a bird by the 85-year-old Ukrainian artist Lyubov Panchenko, who died in April in Bucha during the invasion. "This is my first...more

Myroslava Arnautova, 18, poses with her first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Arnautova, chose a tattoo of a sketch of a bird by the 85-year-old Ukrainian artist Lyubov Panchenko, who died in April in Bucha during the invasion. "This is my first tattoo but now it feels like I had it all my life."  REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Tattoo artist Yulia Timasheva, 18, inks a tattoo of a mythical beast inspired by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Timasheva donates half of the fees for her personal commissions to the Maria Prymachenko foundation after a Prymachenko museum was destroyed during the invasion in Ivankiv. 
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Tattoo artist Yulia Timasheva, 18, inks a tattoo of a mythical beast inspired by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Timasheva...more

Tattoo artist Yulia Timasheva, 18, inks a tattoo of a mythical beast inspired by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Timasheva donates half of the fees for her personal commissions to the Maria Prymachenko foundation after a Prymachenko museum was destroyed during the invasion in Ivankiv. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Oleksandr Kryshtof, 29, who has had four new tattoos done this week, poses at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Oleksandr Kryshtof, 29, who has had four new tattoos done this week, poses at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Oleksandr Kryshtof, 29, who has had four new tattoos done this week, poses at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Liliya Tolmachova, 22, gets a tattoo done on her arm at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Tolmachova chose a tattoo of a coffin bearing the words "Banderolka" (package) referring to signs typically seen on trucks used for delivering bodies. She said the tattoo was a message to the Russians, and the idea came to mind as she was hiding in a school basement shelter during the shellings.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Liliya Tolmachova, 22, gets a tattoo done on her arm at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Tolmachova chose a tattoo of a coffin bearing the words "Banderolka" (package)...more

Liliya Tolmachova, 22, gets a tattoo done on her arm at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Tolmachova chose a tattoo of a coffin bearing the words "Banderolka" (package) referring to signs typically seen on trucks used for delivering bodies. She said the tattoo was a message to the Russians, and the idea came to mind as she was hiding in a school basement shelter during the shellings. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Nadiya Orlovska, 18, holds hands with a friend as she gets a tattoo done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nadiya Orlovska, 18, holds hands with a friend as she gets a tattoo done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nadiya Orlovska, 18, holds hands with a friend as she gets a tattoo done at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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People stand outside a building where a weekly tattoo marathon is held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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People stand outside a building where a weekly tattoo marathon is held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People stand outside a building where a weekly tattoo marathon is held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, poses with his new tattoo of a Ukrainian coat of arms trident, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, poses with his new tattoo of a Ukrainian coat of arms trident, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Artem Munytyanov, 20, who is studying to be an actor, poses with his new tattoo of a Ukrainian coat of arms trident, at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon in Podil, Kyiv.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon in Podil, Kyiv. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, gets his first tattoo at a weekly tattoo marathon in Podil, Kyiv. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Tattoo artist Taras, 30, takes a photo of his work on Vitaliy, 19,  at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia’s invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Tattoo artist Taras, 30, takes a photo of his work on Vitaliy, 19,  at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia’s invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Tattoo artist Taras, 30, takes a photo of his work on Vitaliy, 19,  at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia’s invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Nadiya Orlovska, 18, shows her tattoos at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv. Orlovska got her third tattoo in two weeks.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nadiya Orlovska, 18, shows her tattoos at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv. Orlovska got her third tattoo in two weeks. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nadiya Orlovska, 18, shows her tattoos at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv. Orlovska got her third tattoo in two weeks. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Anna Yevdokymenko, 20, gets her seventh tattoo done in seven weeks at the weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Yevdokymenko, who had been donating regularly to the army, said she saw the tattoo fundraising initiative and thought she could "do both things at the same time, help the army and have a nice tattoo".  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Anna Yevdokymenko, 20, gets her seventh tattoo done in seven weeks at the weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Yevdokymenko, who had been donating regularly to the army, said...more

Anna Yevdokymenko, 20, gets her seventh tattoo done in seven weeks at the weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Yevdokymenko, who had been donating regularly to the army, said she saw the tattoo fundraising initiative and thought she could "do both things at the same time, help the army and have a nice tattoo". REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Maksym, 18, a military cadet, poses after getting his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom".  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, poses after getting his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom". REUTERS/Edgar Su

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, poses after getting his first tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Maksym chose an old Slavic symbol of Valkirii (Valkyrie) which he said symbolizes "honor, justice and wisdom". REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Maksym, 18, a military cadet, leaves after posing for a photo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, leaves after posing for a photo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Maksym, 18, a military cadet, leaves after posing for a photo at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Zakhar Tokar, 19, poses with his chestnut leaf tattoo next to a chestnut tree at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Zakhar Tokar, 19, poses with his chestnut leaf tattoo next to a chestnut tree at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Zakhar Tokar, 19, poses with his chestnut leaf tattoo next to a chestnut tree at a weekly tattoo marathon held to raise funds for the military, amid Russia's invasion, in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Alina Leksina, 19, shows a tattoo of a tulip in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Leksina who decided on a design on the spot said, "I wanted to help the army, so I came here and only here I decided which tattoo I wanted and where (to put it)".  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Alina Leksina, 19, shows a tattoo of a tulip in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Leksina who decided on a design on the spot said, "I wanted to help the army, so I came here and only here I decided which tattoo I wanted and where (to put it)".  REUTERS/Edgar Su

Alina Leksina, 19, shows a tattoo of a tulip in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Leksina who decided on a design on the spot said, "I wanted to help the army, so I came here and only here I decided which tattoo I wanted and where (to put it)".  REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Danylo Rudenko, 19, shows his new tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Rudenko chose a tattoo of a strawberry (Polunytsya in Ukrainian) mocking a Russian TV anchor's mispronunciation of Palyanytsya, which is a type of Ukrainian hearth-baked bread.
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Danylo Rudenko, 19, shows his new tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Rudenko chose a tattoo of a strawberry (Polunytsya in Ukrainian) mocking a Russian TV anchor's mispronunciation of Palyanytsya, which is a type of Ukrainian hearth-baked bread. ...more

Danylo Rudenko, 19, shows his new tattoo in Podil, Kyiv, Ukraine. Rudenko chose a tattoo of a strawberry (Polunytsya in Ukrainian) mocking a Russian TV anchor's mispronunciation of Palyanytsya, which is a type of Ukrainian hearth-baked bread. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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