13 September 2023
One step away from death — the story of volunteer Maksym Vainer
Maksym Vainer worked in an international team engaged in medical evacuation in the Bakhmut area. They were trying to evacuate a woman wounded after a shelling when a Russian missile hit their car. Maksym received numerous injuries, and his partner, an American medical volunteer, Pete Reed, died.
01 September 2023
‘When Freedom Square was hit by a rocket, our house shook’
Nataliia Frolova has two native cities: Berdiansk, where she was born and raised her daughter, and Kharkiv, where she had moved a few years before the full-scale war. Both cities suffered at the hands of the enemy.
28 August 2023
‘I prayed to God for my trees to resist’
Liudmyla Lomeiko, a resident of Moshun (village in Kyiv Region), used to transmit the coordinates of the enemy to her son, who is serving now in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during the first days of the full-scale war. She prayed for the trees she had planted with her own hands to resist.
14 August 2023
‘Russian soldiers stopped the car with bread, threw the bread out and ran over it with their car. So that people would have nothing to eat’
A resident from Kherson tells how the city lived during the first days of the Russian occupation.
01 August 2023
‘Couple of men were sitting drinking tea in the kitchenette. A shell fell there and they were just torn apart’
Pensioner Mykola Perepelytsia lives in Krasnopillia (Donetsk Region). His village has been subjected to numerous airstrikes. He says: “An aircraft came every morning, smashing houses and tearing down roofs”.
19 July 2023
‘You can neither negotiate with the Russians nor trust them...’ — says a resident of Mariupol
Vitalii Bandrushkiv is a resident of suffering Mariupol who was forced to seek refuge in Drohobych with his wife and child. Now he managed to fight with the invaders.
10 July 2023
‘I saw a Russian armored personnel carrier and stood stunned’, Kharkiv artist Halyna Bulhakova
An architect and artist Halyna Bulhakova left everything in Kharkiv: an apartment, paintings — ready for the exhibition, half-ruined Saltivka houses, which she once designed. The artist came to Lviv only with her grandson.
01 June 2023
‘I knew people who died in the basements of Borodianka…’
A resident of Borodianka, Valentyna Torhonska, was hiding with other people in the basement when a shell exploded near her house. In her declining years, she is homeless and doesn’t know how to continue her life.
29 May 2023
‘My brother and enfeebled mother were left in the middle of the street’, stories from Izium
Olena’s mother died in Izium from anorexia. She could not leave the occupied territory despite numerous evacuation attempts. The lack of treatment and the indifferent attitude of the invaders and collaborators killed an aged woman.
26 May 2023
‘There were more than five thousand of us in the shelter’, the first days of war in Mariupol
When the war began, servicewoman Valeriia Krokis was eight months pregnant. She managed to escape the occupation, gave birth to her child in Lviv, and was reunited with her husband, who had been wounded at the frontine.
23 May 2023
‘I fell face down in the glass and covered my head with my hands’
We met with Halyna Khoroshchak in her apartment in Borodianka, which was destroyed by air strikes. With tears in her eyes, the woman spoke about how the Russians dropped bombs on residential buildings, shot civilians, and looted.
19 May 2023
‘I believe the war will end soon, and everything will be fine’
Blooming and beautiful — with these words, Liudmyla Halaka describes Borodianka. However, neither the beauty nor the amenities that struck the Russian occupiers prevented them from destroying not only the village but also human lives.
16 May 2023
When the building collapsed like a house of cards, she bade life farewell
Ninel Chernyshenko, a resident of Borodianka, saw with her own eyes how Russian planes deliberately dropped bombs on peaceful houses. Yet, against all odds, she believes in victory, peace, and the restoration of Ukraine.
13 May 2023
‘We love Ukraine. Why do they want to harm us?’ Mariupol pensioner couldn’t hold back her tears
Vira Tiata worked as a kindergarten teacher for 48 years. Even in the worst nightmare, she could not imagine that Russian invaders would destroy everything she had acquired.
10 May 2023
‘All the Buildings on our Street were Destroyed’, Rubizhne resident
Taras Viychuk interviews Kyrylo Kutsenko from Rubizhne. He witnessed the battles for Rubizhne twice. In 2014, the city stood up. In 2022, Russians completely destroyed it.
06 May 2023
‘I was afraid they would cripple me, not kill me outright’, a resident of Rubizhne
Natalia Shtepa left Rubizhne on March 26, 2022. She hid from the shelling with her neighbors in a cramped unfurnished basement. She says she slept sitting up for 17 nights.
03 May 2023
‘There was nothing left of the neighbor, only shoes...’
A resident of the Moshchun village in the Kyiv region tells about the horrors of the first days of the full-scale war.
30 April 2023
‘I was afraid they would cripple me’
Svitlana Holovata’s house in Moshchun was destroyed. Everything burned down: the beds, wardrobes, all wooden furniture, and TV. She said she felt like there was nothing there before.
27 April 2023
‘Grandpa was thrown 100 meters by the blast’
Volodymyr Zaika is a resident of the village of Moshchun, Kyiv region. He says that only 5% of the houses in Moshchun remained intact.
19 April 2023
‘Shells killed Sashko and Vasyl; Russian soldiers shot Slavko and Mykola’
Mykola Kostenko lives on Lisna Street in Moshchun village, Kyiv Region. In March 2022, it was absolute hell living in these parts.
15 April 2023
‘Grandchildren cried and said they didn’t want to die’
Kharkiv resident Nadiya Bratashevska recalls living with her husband in the basement for two months: “As you go for humanitarian aid, you keep praying to God. Then, you press against the wall until the shell flies by or explodes.”
12 April 2023
‘My husband and son were injured during an airstrike’
As a result of the airstrike, Iryna’s husband and a two-year-old son were injured. Their apartment was destroyed. But she wants to live in Borodianka and hopes to earn money for new housing.
10 April 2023
‘For all the evil they have done, they will be held accountable before God!’
Despite the persuasions of the children, a couple of pensioners from Borodianka refused to evacuate. They survived the air raids and saw the helicopters flying low overhead. Then, one day, Russians broke into their yard and began an interrogation.
04 April 2023
This teacher stayed behind in occupied Borodianka
“I couldn’t leave my dog,” says Nataliia from Borodianka. One day, eight Russian soldiers entered their house and began looking for the “Nazis”. According to Nataliia, they did not understand that no one was expecting such “liberators”.