We have been dealing with the history and present of Ukraine for years. Not only the revolutions and the war that has been going on since 2014 have shown that the country in the heart of Europe is exposed to significant internal and external conflicts.

Leonid Kucheruk sits in front of a computer screen showing a 1980 calendar page.
A destroyed tank stands on the side of the road in Kharkiv.
Serhiy Kolevych (47) stands in front of the ruins of his house. During the first air raid on March 14, he was in the building with his wife, niece and nephew and was injured. During the second attack, which completely destroyed the house, he was already staying with neighbors.
Die Gasleitungen an der Unfallstelle in Majaky wurden bereits erneuert. Der Schaden ist noch deutlich sichtbar.
A car buried in rubble amidst a scene of urban destruction.

The lessons of living with war

Reporter Sergey Panashchuk lives in Odesa. Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine he is covering the happenings. Here he is sharing his thoughts.

Tatiana Ovays fled Sievierodonetsk and is building a new life in Vinnytsia.
Dmitro Soochekov fled Bakhmut with his family and now lives in a guest room at Ahrobud in Orativ.
Oleksandr Beluga is standing in front of his desk. On the wall behind many awards for him and his NGO can be seen.
Juli Karzanova is documenting the daily life in the war-torn city of Chernihiv in Ukraine.
At the Dorohusk border crossing
A group of people holding signs.
Eugene and Kristina stand in front of a patio heater and hold hands.
Sergey Panashchuk with a bulletproof vest on the beach in Odesa. Photo: Nina Lyashonok/Нина Ляшонок
The Kyiv-based charity "Caring Cats" (Turbotlyvi kotyky - Турботливі котики) helps victims of the Ukraine war. The founders: Ruslana Zahnii (Руслана Загній), Julia Sydorchuk (Юлія Сидорчук) and Lilia Lypova (Лілія Липова).

The “Caring Cats” from Kyiv

Powerlessness gives way to a thirst for action: despite fearing for their own lives, three women in Kyiv have founded an aid organization and are helping their fellow human beings in Ukraine.

The town sign of Chermalyk. Photos: Niklas Golitschek
Leonid Maslov and comrade Oleg.
Children are walking on a street between skyscrapers. in the background an explosion can be seen. The image was generated with AI to illustrate the attacks in Israel and Ukraine.
Cardboard signs are also used for communication in Poland: free rides are offered here. With "Unterkunft Ukraine" the concept only worked to a limited extent.

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