Essay on Battlefield in the Ukraine

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“Battlefield” – an etude. Inspired by the recent events of February 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. A vision… a man is standing lit by a bleak sun under a grey sky… he stands at the crevice, which is filled with body parts, which seem to be human but at the same time to have come from toy humans. A man takes random people, pushes them towards this huge hole, throws them down… and they fall, slowly, as if the rules of physics do not apply. Once they reach the bottom, they fall apart as unrealistically as they were descending. One thing was clear – that man was killing all those random people. There was no reason, no motivation or goal. Just the gruesome process.

I suddenly wake up. I am trying to understand where I am and what is happening. I
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“Battlefield” – an etude. Inspired by the recent events of February 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. A vision… a man is standing lit by a bleak sun under a grey sky… he stands at the crevice, which is filled with body parts, which seem to be human but at the same time to have come from toy humans. A man takes random people, pushes them towards this huge hole, throws them down… and they fall, slowly, as if the rules of physics do not apply. Once they reach the bottom, they fall apart as unrealistically as they were descending. One thing was clear – that man was killing all those random people. There was no reason, no motivation or goal. Just the gruesome process.

I suddenly wake up. I am trying to understand where I am and what is happening. I realize that my heart is beating immensely, almost jumping out beyond the boundaries of my rib cage. Fear. Fear is what making my heart race. My hearing has not recuperated yet. I do not hear the claps… I do not hear screams, sobs, or swears. Just the yelps of the bullets trying to pierce the matter around me. I am realizing that I am in the line of fire… from somewhere upfront. And I am behind a tree. It is not scary to die, but to await death, knowing that it might be an imminent possibility… not sometime in the dim far away future, but immediately and perhaps inadvertently soon. Maybe in a second or two.
It is scary to feel, how everything is filled with death, each little inch of the surface which is in the range of the shot. I only have

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