Ukraine’s fierce resistance to the Russian invasion has resonated around the world.
At the center of that struggle are ordinary citizens who have left a comfortable life to answer a duty — people like a software engineer, a logistics manager, and even a poet.
The area south of Izium is a major resistance point against Russian attempts to completely encircle the Donbas region.
Most of the civilians have left and the artillery fighting is almost constant. These are some of the people who are trying to make sure it doesn’t fall into Russian hands.
Anna Arhipova, 22 years old
Anna Arhipova was a logistics manager in her hometown of Poltava, in northeastern Ukraine, before the war started.
At the time, her biggest fear wasn’t the violence, but “not being useful,” she says. So she signed up and now drives a pickup truck to some of the conflict’s most dangerous areas.
In a world of bearded, stocky young men, her slim build is an unusual figure. But she says it’s the men, not her, who are bothered by her presence.
“Everyone tells me to give birth, cook, clean and do housework, and not be here,” she says. “It irritates me very, very much. I answer that if I wanted to give birth, I wouldn’t be here.”
Alex, 34 years old
Alex, who wanted to use only his first name for privacy reasons, is a software engineer from Kharkiv. Last year he built his own rural log cabin.
Now his house, which stood on a strategically located hillside, has been reduced to a five-meter-deep hole, and he spends many of his nights sleeping in a tank called ‘Bunny’, which was opened in the early weeks of the year of the year. Russian army has been stolen. the war.
“This is like my personal tank,” he explains. “I’m a tank commander and tank owner,” he says with a laugh.
Vlad Sord, 27
Vlad Sord was still a teenager when he signed up to fight for Ukraine in 2014.
“A lot of strange things happen there,” Sord explains, chain-smoking cigarillos. “Things I couldn’t explain, I collected them, collected them, wrote them down.”
He is now a published author and poet. He fights for his country and collects material to document what is happening.
“I have a very good memory for the dialogues themselves and I use them. I write everything down.”