Our priority is the security of the information entrusted to us. We obtain and store it in order to pass it on to the competent authorities with the power to prosecute crimes committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022 and to the authorities that will develop reparation programmes for the victims of these crimes in the future. No information entrusted to us will be used for any other purpose.
The concept of a network of entities collecting information concerning crimes committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, while protecting the confidentiality of sources, is based on the following:
Sunflowers have been a beloved symbol of Ukrainian national identity. Now, due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine since 24 February 2022, this flower is seen by many as a ‘global symbol of resistance, unity and hope’.
It owes its revived fame above all to a brave Ukrainian woman from the town of Henychesk who, seeing Russian soldiers, approached them, telling them that they were occupiers, fascists and enemies. She then wanted to give them sunflower seeds, telling them to put them in their pockets, so that at least something pretty would grow out of them when they all lay down (were defeated/died).
Sunflowers have a strong presence in Ukrainian folklore and culture, appearing in cuisine, legends, literature and painting for many years. In the past, the sunflower grew in practically every garden, and huge fields of sunflowers could be seen on the skyline, strongly referring to Ukraine's flag in yellow and blue. Today, sunflowers are a key component of the Ukrainian economy, with Ukraine and Russia contributing upward of 70-80 % of global sunflower oil exports.
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