A Ukraine-based content platform has launched a free image collection that shows what's happening in Ukraine with additional images of protests from around the world and inside of Russia.
The Say No to War image collection has been created by Vista's Kyiv-based Depositphotos and VistaCreate, as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. Anyone can download the stock photographs for their blogs, publications, social media or even design projects and help show the world the impact of war inside the Eastern European country.
In an email to Russian-based customers, Vadim Nekhai, vice president of VistaCreate and Depositphotos, wrote: "For many years, we have been creating a product that helps you develop your business and make ideas come true. And we are Ukrainians. Now we have something to ask you. Right now, a full-scale war is taking place in Ukraine. Russia is bombing residential areas, hospitals, orphanages and schools in our cities. Government-controlled Russian media continue to lie about a 'special military operation in Donbas' while civilians across the country are being killed and thousands of people have already lost their homes. We see it with our own eyes, as most of our team is located in Ukraine."
Vadim goes on to say: "We urge you to please not close your eyes to what is going on! This bloody war is not only a threat to the freedom of Ukraine. It is a direct threat to freedom of speech, finance, and movement. The threat to the identity of each of you, each citizen of Russia, who did not start this war but will continue to do nothing."
Vadim then urges his customers to watch the news from reputable international media, call friends and family in Ukraine, find out what's happening first-hand, and go out to the streets and protest peacefully, saying "no to war as loudly as possible!"
The Say No to War series has only launched in the last 24 hours and is updated in real-time, with every image free to download and use. Take a look at the growing collection at depositphotos.com. Meanwhile, we've shared a few examples here.