In 2023, Global Voices collaborated with the Folkowisko Association/Rozstaje.art, thanks to co-funding by the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia through a grant from the International Visegrad Fund to publish a series of essays and stories written by Ukrainian artists who decided to remain in the country after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
The stories, also available in several other languages, showcase how war encompasses a wide range of experiences from trenches in the east of Ukraine to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, from private homes to public spaces in a country constantly attacked from the ground, air, and the sea. War tests people and writers are no exception — some of those featured in this collection are themselves fighting on the frontline.
The stories by Myroslav Laiuk, Vira Kuryko, Artem Chekh, Alla Vaskovska, and Olya Rusina cover the period from February 24, 2022, the date when Russia started its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Between the lines, the authors also share their own experiences and those of their protagonists during the previous eight years when their country fought a local war with Russia in the east of Ukraine, a conflict that went largely unnoticed in global news.
This series presents stories that will shake and shock readers, such as the one about a woman who had to give birth by herself in her home in a frontline town under Russian occupation. At the same time, the essays and stories carry the strong belief that good eventually wins over evil, that life prevails over death, and that true kindness, courage, dedication, love, and mutual support by people and communities exist, work, and do wonders.
Find the stories below:
Stories about Wartime stories from Ukraine
A year ago, this camp was a regular penal colony for Ukrainian prisoners, but its purpose was quickly changed to make it a temporary accommodation for thousands of Russian citizens.
Knowing the homophobic Russian state policy, members of the LGBTQ+ community tried to avoid the Russian occupiers, fearing they might face increased persecution because of their gender or sexuality.
A frontline town in eastern Ukraine restored its historic name and gained fame in 2021. Now, activists and supporters are trying to preserve what they can after losing their home and friends.
The path they've already made in their home city of Mariupol must be made again by building a new competitive team, step by step.
The hope of those from occupied Ukrainian lands lies in the people who are ready to rebuild everything — even if it means starting a humanitarian center in another city.
Orysia Demyaniuk, a champion Ukrainian runner, postponed her athletic career to raise funds and support for her compatriots fighting on the front lines.
I never cared about politics. And now I am 37, I have a bunch of written books under my belt, also translations, depression, and a gun.
On the morning of February 24, we were not planning to go to war but to a traditional dance class. We were learning to dance the polka.
Olga shares her experience caring for her mother who suffered from dementia, throughout the last ten years — including during Russia's invasion.
I’m not sure how long it will take to make sense of all that has taken root deep inside us during the long months of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine.
He saw and knew that the Russians were entrenching themselves in the exclusion zone, exposing themselves to danger. He could have told them, but no one asked.
"I realized that if I gave in, it would be easy, because it’s not hard to leave your body. But how would the baby manage without me?"