Walking around Kyiv, I came upon a rather incongruous site: Czarist-era military fortifications designed to keep outsiders from intruding upon the town.
In light of the fact that Ukraine now finds itself in a war with Russian-backed separatists, such fortifications take on a somewhat ironic twist.
Ukrainian soldiers, who are fighting Russian-backed separatists, patrol the Russian-era fortifications, thus taking history full circle.
In Chernihiv, an elderly woman reflects on the war’s legacy in front of a memorial honoring fallen martyrs. The caption reads “The hero doesn’t die.”