Region: Kyiv

Tania, Kyiv 24−26−01

For Tania from Kyiv, the war started, not in February 2022 but eight years earlier, when her native Luhansk was taken over. All her nearest and dearest stayed there, on the other side of the imaginary border that was so crudely established. In occupied Luhansk, her mom, her brother’s family, and her husband’s elderly mother struggled every day. For eight …

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Dmytro, Kyiv 15−26−07

I saved a turtle. It flew out of the apartment window when a house was being bombed in Obolon. It looks like the turtle flew a few dozen meters and fell behind the fence of the football field. It was still alive, but one foot was hurt. It lay there on the grass, looking at the wrecked house and hoping to see its owners. Dmytro, Kyiv

Anastasia, Kyiv 44−26−08

On being a refugee… It’s the road. It’s the pain of loss. It’s hard. It’s terrifying. It’s the unknown. It’s saying good-bye to your husband. It’s losing your home. It’s loss of life. It’s new encounters. It’s wonderful people. It’s weird and nasty people. It’s meeting your best and closest friends in a foreign land. It’s tears of joy and loss. It’s envy …

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Vira, Kyiv 67−26−06

War always exposes the inner workings of human nature. Some people show only kindness, while others reveal shit. Today the phone rang and I saw an unfamiliar number: — Hello, heeelo, is it Vira?— Yes, that’s me, Vira.— My name is Mykola, I am a farmer from the village. L ***— Where is it?— Ah, whatever. Vira, I am now serving in the army, so my house and my workers' houses are vacant. The houses have …

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Maryna, Kyiv 90−10−06

By the way, do you know who transported humanitarian aid through Lake Lagoda to Leningrad during the Blockade? Many did—including my great-uncle Hryhoriy Yevdokymovych Naumenko. He died a few years ago, at nearly a hundred. Back in 2014, his children wouldn’t let him go to Kyiv to the Maidan. He had even packed his things. Yet he went through Ladoga, wrapping his hands around the steering wheel with a rag …

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Nadya, Kyiv 212−26−01

Today I was supposed to get together with my besties for my birthday. Buy cake and some dry white. We were going to listen to music, hug each other and take silly selfies. I had a new dress all ready. I even had a toast all prepared. And instead… Instead, another life began, abruptly and unexpectedly, a kind of limbo, full of expectations and fear. In the birthday photo, I was …

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Julia, Kyiv 72−26−04

The first days of the war were the scariest for everyone. Some stopped eating, some stopped sleeping. However, there were still heroes who could not be derailed by any plans of conquering the universe. It was such a woman that I happened to meet in the last days of February. Then the rashists were trying their best to break into Kyiv and were firing everything available, …

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Anton, Kyiv 88−26−01

At the store near the toy department I’m itching to buy Darusya either a dragon or a unicorn. And in a moment I become aware that you can buy these… but how will you give them to her? I wish victory to all of us. And the reunification of families. Mordor must die." A few days ago, Ruslan Gorovyi wrote these golden words for the granite-worthy souls of moms and …

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When Moscow issued an ultimatum to NATO and then decided to recognize the Donbas republics, I understood what everything was leding to. In Putin’s speech on the decommunization of Ukraine, I finally felt his mood. Before going to bed on February 23, I read that a night shift of an enterprise located near the Kherson region was evacuated in Crimea. I woke up from two explosions in Kyiv around 5 am on February 24. I had already …

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