Archives: Testimonies


Olena, Donetsk Oblast 335−14−02

We’re sitting in the park: such a lovely company of girls in dresses with cups of coffee and a crowd of noisy children aged 2 to 7. The prefect Instagram shot. But come a bit closer. We’re listening to Tanya telling the story of how she left already-occupied Luhansk in 2014. We’re talking about our pain, our memories, our dreams and hopes. Refugees. We’re refugees. A year and a half …

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Anton, Donetsk Oblast 333−05−03

Soledar. The story of an artist At the beginning of February, we received orders to take back a village next to Soledar. I understood perfectly clearly that I was going in one direction only. I said a prayer, kissed my cross and went into the unknown. I was trembling with fear, but I gathered all my strength in a fist. The sun was going down early and there was very little time. Our scouts …

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Iryna, Donetsk Oblast 313−05−04

March 16, 2023. Today, I decided to go into the hell of Mariupol. A few hours ago. A year ago. Because Yulia is alive and she is there, on the neighboring street, near the Drama Theater that was bombed today. She sent a note with someone that she is alive. She was. Before that fraternal megaton bomb that took the lives of half a thousand people under the …

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Natalia, Mariupol 316−05−0

March 24, 2022 I was lying on the couch right next to the window, with shoes on, dressed, in a jacket pulled up to my chin, with a backpack, with 4 dog leashes tied to my hand. The dogs were sleeping with me under the blankets. There was silence, the tanks got quiet. For three days, the tank battle was happening on the neighboring Makar Mazai Street, …

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Angelina, Bucha 312−10−04

February 27, 2022 That day turned out to be more frightening than the 24th. We still slept in the house, despite the fact that the battle was going on not far away, in Hostomel. Frightening explosions were going off all the time. The morning of the 27th began with Dad telling everyone to quickly go down to the cellar because the battle was getting closer. …

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Svitlana, Kyiv 283−26−04

Blackout 47 hours+1 hour of light+12 hours of darkness. We are having a second blackout. Kyiv, the right bank, 19−20 December. The city is in darkness. For the second day, the power has been out in the apartment. The refrigerator is now a regular cabinet, nobody is expecting to get food from there anymore. The food is out on the balcony. The freezer lasted for a long time. During …

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Oksana, Dnipro 293−04−04

I too can now write the saddest story. Today, before my eyes, a young woman was rescued from the rubble in Dnipro. I watched every phase. For two hours, rescuers were just trying to get closer. It was a miracle. 20 hours under the rubble, night, the temperature is minus 3 degrees Celsius. Kateryna. Deaf-mute. That’s significant. Can you imagine-a «minute of silence» is announced, when …

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Danylo, Donetsk oblast 290−05−03

In the morning, an acquaintance called. Congratulated with a holiday. Used a ton of nice but exaggerated adjectives, such as the bravest, the strongest, etc. And said: «Promise that we will greet victory together.» And I remember the woman at the checkpoint… We were moving from one place to another after an assignment. It was already dark. There was a line of cars near the checkpoint. We drove past the queue. …

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Lesia, Kyiv 296−26−02

Like mostly everyone, we were nervous before February 24, but had not dared to fully believe in the possibility of war. The morning of the 24th woke me up with the sounds of explosions and phone calls. From my brother, who is now defending us near Kharkiv, came a short message: it started, be careful. The following hours and days were as if in a fog. How to be careful, what to do, will this …

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