Since 2004, Ukraine has been locked in a struggle with Russia to maintain autonomy—be it via puppet government officials, propaganda, or bloodshed.
To date, more than 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died defending their right to be independent.
As a Lithuanian-American with some Ukrainian roots, I am deeply disturbed as I watch this series of events unfold. My family members were closely tied to tragedies that resulted from the post-WWII annexation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union, and my hope is that there will be peace and stability on the region soon. Ukraine deserves to remain free and independent—to start anew as part of the EU, should they choose—and move forward into a prosperous future.
The goal of this book is to bring further awareness to the Ukrainian conflict by using the mythology of Baltic female snipers and the internal and external struggles they face as they possibly commit to a sense of duty or concede to a more compassionate place within. As they fictitiously contemplate or complete acts against Russian aggressors, it brings to light the role of precision by way of a sniper’s scope: what is blurred or clear in or outside the range of a target, or, what is narrow-minded, calculating, and fixated? Even broader: how do we, as human beings, want to live: peacefully, globally, sustainably OR power-mad, warring, isolationist, and all-consuming?
Copyright – Lina ramona Vitkauskas (Standard Copyright License)
Edition – 2nd Edition
Publisher – White Hole Press
Published – 2016
Language – English, Lithuanian
Pages – 48
Binding – Perfect-bound
Paperback, Full color
Dimensions (inches) – 6 wide x 9 tall