An armored personnel carrier, a tank turret, an ambulance, a mortar, and a burned-out car have already taken their places at the museum's cite.
Each exhibit item of the outdoor display that is being created near the Dnipropetrovsk Historical Museum named after Yavornytsky evidently and illustratively tells the stories of the war waged in Ukraine's east. The exhibition entitled "The Journey through the Donbas" occupies an area of 1,000 square meters. It conveys the charged atmosphere in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone and Ukrainian soldiers' heroism.
"The exhibition will include the sculpture of a little girl giving an apple to a soldier. Its creation was inspired by a true story. The military rescued a 5-year-old child whose parents were killed by enemy shelling. The guy received injuries and was forced to surrender but he managed to save the girl's life," said Natalia Shulika, one of the museum organizers and coordinator of the center providing assistance to the ATO participants.
Other interesting exhibits, including the Ukrainian army checkpoint, will also be introduced there soon. The display will be filled out with artifacts brought from the ATO zone: bullet casings, debris, and road signs pierced by bullets brought from the Donbas.
The anti-terrorist operation museum project was developed by historians, museum workers, artists, and designers from the Dnipropetrovsk region and entire Ukraine. The volunteers and participants in the anti-terrorist operation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have also joined its creation.
The museum will consist of two parts. The display inside the building will occupy 500 square meters while the outdoor exhibition will be twice as large. The open-air display is scheduled to be open before the end of May. The ATO museum itself will receive its first visitors at the end of this year. It will show Ukrainian soldiers' patriotism, courage, and unconquerable spirit.