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How Kherson residents resisted Russian occupation (VIDEO)
Russian forces entered Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, at the very beginning of the full-scale invasion. For two months, Kherson residents were openly protesting against the occupation. Later, as Russia tightened its grip, some Khersonians continued their protest in more subtle ways – despite the risks of being kidnapped or
Explainer: How do some Western anti-war protests help Russia? (VIDEO)
The so-called “anti-war” rallies in Europe and the U.S. have marched against arming Ukraine, which in the demonstrators’ view would bring an end to Russia’s war of aggression. In reality, such protests play into Russia’s hands.
What will the war bring in 2023? Illia Ponomarenko interviews Michael Kofman and Rob Lee
The Kyiv Independent's Illia Ponomarenko sits down with military analysts Michael Kofman, director of the Russia Studies Program at CNA, and Rob Lee, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program, to discuss the current situation on the battlefields, Ukraine's planned counteroffensive and Russia's attempts to stop it,
Video: One year of Russia’s all-out war through the eyes of one Ukrainian newsroom
The Kyiv Independent was just a three-month-old startup when Russia launched an all-out war against Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. A year later, its team members look back at making the choice on whether to stay or flee, rescuing their family members from occupied territories, reporting from the front line,
How Mykolaiv residents survive without drinking water supply (VIDEO)
In April, Russian forces wrecked the water supply line for the city of Mykolaiv. Since then, Mykolaiv residents have had no drinking water supply, relying for the past 10 months on alternative sources. Their main source of water is a system of wells.
Survivors of Russian torture chamber in Kherson share stories of abuse (VIDEO)
Russian torture chambers have been found in all occupied territories liberated by Ukrainian forces. In Kherson Oblast alone, thousands of Ukrainians were put through physical and mental abuse in such facilities, according to Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets. Two survivors spoke to the Kyiv Independent about what they had endured.
Ukraine's National Opera loses members to Russia’s war, says art is always political
Following a three-month break after the start of Russia’s all-out war, the National Opera of Ukraine resumed its performances. With some of its members serving in the army, and having dropped all Russian pieces from the repertoire, the theater team argues that art is always political. Culture Ministry: Russia
One day of a Kyiv family struggling with power outages (VIDEO)
Russia’s repeated large-scale attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure have caused a major energy crisis across the country. Ukrainians have had to adapt to living without electricity, water, and heating. This poses a major challenge for Ukrainians, especially families with children and the elderly. The Kyiv Independent spent a
In Chornobaivka, children face one obstacle after another to go to school (VIDEO)
Tens of thousands of children across Ukraine have been deprived of an education due to Russia’s full-scale invasion. In the village of Chornobaivka in Kherson Oblast, children had to hide in bomb shelters, schools were closed during occupation, and now, even after liberation, power outages and Russia's attacks make
‘Killed for nothing’: Evidence of Russian war crimes emerges in liberated Chornobaivka (VIDEO)
The liberation of Ukrainian settlements from Russian occupation inevitably comes with the revelation of new war crimes committed by Russian soldiers. In the liberated village of Chornobaivka, Kherson Oblast, at least 18 people were killed during its occupation, according to the police. The families of two young men shot dead
War and Storytelling in Ukraine (VIDEO)
The panel discussion "War & Storytelling in Ukraine," co-organized by the Kyiv Independent and the Borderlands Foundation, took place on Oct. 23 in Kyiv. Moderated by Ryan Evans, CEO of the War on the Rocks, speakers discussed the ongoing war in Ukraine, why Russia failed to conquer Kyiv in three days,