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Wheelchair-bound Bucha resident on surviving Russian occupation: ‘I hope no one will have to live through this’

BUCHA, Kyiv Oblast – When Russian forces turned an ordinary residential road in Bucha into a battlefield, wheelchair-bound Liudmyla Usenka, 69, was alone at home in the darkness.  With a look of horror on her face, Usenka told the Kyiv Independent about the never-ending sounds of shelling and heavy street fighting ...
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2 months of Russia’s devastating war in before and after photos

April 24 marks two months since Russia began its all-out war against Ukraine. The unprovoked Russian aggression has already cost Ukraine a devastating price, and it continues to rise every day. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, since Feb. 24, Russia has launched 2,000 missiles at the Ukrainian territory. Many of ...
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Zelensky gives press conference in Kyiv subway, doesn’t hold back on Russian ‘bastards’

On April 23, two months into Russia’s all-out-war against Ukraine, one metro station in Kyiv got crowded again. President Volodymyr Zelensky gave an unusual press conference for Ukrainian and foreign journalists on the platform of the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) metro station in the heart of Ukraine’s capital. The most ...
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Ukrainian couples celebrate love amid war

It was a beautiful wedding ceremony at the St. Michael’s monastery in Kyiv downtown.  Lit with dozens of candles, the usually crowded church was almost empty when Sviatoslav Fursin and Yaryna Arieva, both dressed in traditional Ukrainian vyshyvanka embroidered shirts, were pronounced husband and wife. But there were no wedding ...
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Uncovering the scope of the Bucha massacre

BUCHA, Kyiv Oblast – As Ukraine recaptured the town of Bucha, the world saw the extent of the violence Russian soldiers inflicted on the civilian population. Since the Russian forces were driven out of Kyiv Oblast, 412 bodies have been found in the town’s streets, buildings and mass graves as ...