One year war against Ukraine

24 February 2023.

“Our love of life and freedom is stronger than their hatred.”
Wladimir Klitschko in his 3rd letter from Kyiv, 13 February 2023.

Today marks the anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine, which violated international law. For a year now, the people of Ukraine have been resisting the massive, brutal, unjustifiable invasion, which has already cost tens of thousands of victims. After this year of suffering, death, terror and devastation, we have asked some of our Ukrainian alumni to send us personal retrospectives of this year of war that has fundamentally changed their lives and those of their families and friends on 24 February 2022.

Following you will find texts by Ukrainian journalists Olesya Bida, Anastasiia Ivantsova, Olga Konsevych, Olena Kuk, Roman Melnyk, Olha Novikova, Anna Romandash and Olesya Tytarenko.

In addition, the Slovakian human rights journalist Sara Cincurova writes on her reporting experiences in Ukraine, and Sergej Sumlenny, former head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Kyiv, on his aid tour to Izum and Kyiv.