Drawing the war in Ukraine

Ben Jennings, February 18th

In this strip, published a week before the invasion, Ben Jennings reminds readers of the bromance between Donald Trump and Vladmir Putin.

KAL, February 19th

Surreal scenes at the Winter Olympics in Beijing as Vladimir Putin’s troops surrounded Ukraine, days before the invasion. By Kal, The Economist’s resident cartoonist.

The Economist cover, March 2nd

Our first cover after the invasion showed Mr Putin with war in his sights and on his brain. The accompanying leader asked: where will he stop?

David Simonds, March 10th

Espresso’s regular cartoonist, Dave Simonds, was commissioned to illustrate a story about how some Russians were using the letter “Z” to show support for Mr Putin and his war.

Mari Kinovych, March 11th

Mari Kinovych, a Ukrainian artist, drew this three-panel cartoon during the second week of the war. “Back then I felt the absolute instability of the world, my life turned upside down like in an action movie, but it wasn’t a movie at all. Two months have passed now and everything that worried me then worries me now: there is still no safe place in Ukraine, I am still trying to deal with my life and I still believe that we will rebuild everything. Only now I am very, very tired.”

Sergiy Maidukov, March 18th

During a lull in the shelling of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, Sergiy Maidukov, an artist based in the city, came across an impromptu concert in Maidan square. “The orchestra played the best music in the world—the anthem of Ukraine,” he said. Mr Maidukov shared his sketch of the scene with us.

Ben Jennings, March 25th

A pastiche of David Low’s “All behind you Winston” (1940). Ben Jennings’s retelling features Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in place of Winston Churchill. He is leading a crowd rolling up their sleeves to give the enemy a hiding. The artist says that the scene “reminds me of how Zelensky has become the figurehead of Ukraine’s resistance movement, with ordinary citizens standing their ground and refusing to be occupied.”

Ueli Johner, April 1st

A simple but devastating play on words by Ueli Johner. Days after its publication Mr Zelensky told an audience at the Grammy awards that his country was “fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence.”

Zhenya Olliinyk, April 15th

These three drawings illustrate the uneasy feeling that remains in war after troops withdraw. Zhenya Olliinyk is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Kyiv, where she previously worked as a journalist.

William Murphy

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