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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Ukraine: youth

Mariupol, Donetsk Region, 2015. ‘Psych’, a young volunteer fighter with one of Ukraine’s makeshift battalions ‘St. Mary’. After being reformed from the Shakhtorsk Battalion, the newly established battalion’s leaders are adopting a Christian Crusader façade. “I’m an atheist,” he says, trying to conceal a pre-adolescent face under khaki balaclava.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Mariupol, Ukraine
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Ben Gerdziunas