From Ukraine with love: Postcards pay tribute to war dead


By William J. Kole—Associated Press—January 30, 2017—

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Most postcards carry a simple sentiment: Wish you were here. But the cards Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Alisa Sopova are mailing randomly to people around the globe convey a haunting message: Wish this stranger was still alive.

The pair hopes their postcards — each scribbled with the name of a victim of armed conflict in Ukraine — will put a human face on war.

“I wanted people to have a more personal experience with conflict,” said Taylor-Lind, a photojournalist who was on assignment for National Geographic when inspiration struck in a post office in the middle of the war zone.

Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 9,600 people in eastern Ukraine since it began in 2014. Ukraine filed a case against Russia this month at the United Nations’ highest court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly bankrolling rebel groups.