16 February 2024
‘It’s a kilometre to run through unexploded shells to get to the well...’
Vitalii Smazhev spent 100 days with his mother in occupied Izium (a town in Kharkiv Region). He had to dig graves for old people who were dying of cold.
31 January 2024
‘Children, I won’t be able to teach the lesson because the war has started’
Oksana is a teacher of Russian language and literature. When Mariupol was shelled, she felt as if her heart was turning into a small bird. It was painful to look at the blackened houses and the faces of the neighbors that faded from the war and seemed to have been erased.
09 January 2024
American Volunteer at Bucha Morgue
Patrick Loveless came to Bucha immediately after its release: he helped to sort the corpses in the Bucha morgue and saw and felt the consequences of what the Russians did. What he saw shocked him so much that he could not forget about it.
26 December 2023
Mariupol. ‘A sniper killed my husband’
We spoke with Olha Leus from Mariupol at the YaMariupol center in Lviv, where the Kharkiv human rights group came to help Mariupol residents who live in Lviv after leaving their hometown.
16 December 2023
Polygraph to attest pro-Ukrainian position: Doctor from Kherson
Leonid Remyha was in charge of one of the hospitals in Kherson at the beginning of the Russian invasion. The head physician ended up in a Russian torture chamber for refusing to cooperate with the invaders.
07 December 2023
‘Run forward. If you turn around, we'll shoot you’
Rostyslav Pashynskyi and his fellow traveler were captured when they tried to evacuate from Bucha alone. They were beaten and threatened to cut off their ears and fingers. The Russians simulated shooting his fellow traveler, forcing him to admit he was a lookout. Our report shows how much terror two civilians had to endure and how this story ended.
22 November 2023
Playing Bach’s music accompanied by explosions. Accordionist Ihor Zavadskyi
Every day since the beginning of the war, a Ukrainian accordionist plays songs and publishes them on his channel to keep the spirits up. His work during the war became the basis of a new record-breaking album.
07 November 2023
‘I’m not used to having four coffins with soldiers in the temple’, — priest Viktor Marynchak
After the invasion began, Viktor Marynchak continued to serve in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, although he blessed everyone who decided to leave Kharkiv to evacuate. Military funerals are often held in the church now, forcing Father Viktor to ask himself difficult questions.
25 October 2023
‘A whole family died in a neighbouring house’ — resident of Sievierodonetsk
A resident of the devastated town describes the first weeks of the war.
13 October 2023
‘When a rocket hit our shelter, a hot water pipe there was damaged. My friend was doused with boiling water, all his clothes just stuck to him’
Denys Nozhaiskyi has relatives in Mariupol. He was in Kyiv when the war began, but fate brought him later to Bucha during the days of the heaviest shelling. The man says that now he has only one wish: to go to the war and take revenge on the enemy.
02 October 2023
‘My three-year-old son says: Putin should be buried in his bunker — then there will be no war’
Teacher Alina Veshchuk lived in Horlivka (Donetsk Region) until 2015. Then she fled the occupation to Kramatorsk. In 2022, history repeated itself again... She says that back in 2014 she already understood how the enemy was fighting: “Friends saw “Grad” (multiple rocket launcher) drove into the field, shoot at Toretsk, where the Ukrainian army was, then this “Grad” turned around and shot then back at Horlivka: the enemy wanted people in Horlivka to think that it was Ukrainian army shot back at them”.
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.