Ukraine Online Coverage

Beyond the headlines of war

Since Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, fighting has caused thousands of civilian casualties. Millions of people are displaced.

A full-fledged war in Europe is unprecedented for our generation. As an independent magazine, it raised questions about the ethics of war reporting, the sensitivity it requires (and often lacks) and what we, Are We Europe, can add to the table now. To cover the events in a responsible way, we started this online coverage with stories from Ukraine and its neighbouring countries, a selection of which has gone into our print magazine. We asked our contributors in the region: What goes on behind the headlines of the war?

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From the magazine

Sunday Wishes

Ukrainian economic migrants in Slovakia often work illegally because they only have tourist visas. After the visa’s expiration date, many stay in the Slovak Republic,

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Youth military summer camps have existed in Poland since the 1920s, but the phenomenon has grown massively in recent years. The young participants are put

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Inevitable Hero

Moldova gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1992. It had the same centralised ideals and heroes as any other communist country for over

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Collateral Damage

I started drawing victims on the second day of the war. Only one portrait a day so that the process does not become mechanical. I

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How we stopped being comrades

After 41 years of one-party rule in Czechoslovakia, communism was traded in for a new sense of freedom in 1989. But recent events have shown the ghost of old comrades in new forms.

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Transnistria Conglomerate

Anton Polyakov documents daily life in Transnistria, from the remnants of the Soviet Union kept firmly in place to Russian folk sport and Transnistrian traditions.

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The Call of Coal

“Look! There are cargo ships bringing coal to the plant again!” says Luciano Damiani, gesturing towards two vessels silhouetted on the horizon between the sea

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Diary of war

Experience the first month of the 2022 Russian invasion through this diary of four young people in Ukraine.

Online exclusive

The Witness, week 4

This is the fourth week of the Russian war in Ukraine. But the danger lies not only in bombs—I’m as worried about my own mental health, money and my girlfriend’s future. 

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The Witness, week 3

I just turned 20 and my country is being invaded, turned into ashes, and shelled relentlessly. I wonder how long we’ll be able to escape the sounds of war drums all around us.

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The Witness, week 2

Last week, I woke up to a Russian declaration of war. Kyiv, Mariupol, and Kharkiv are now in the eye of the storm. This week, I get the dreaded call.

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Oleksandr's family having dinner by candlelight during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Witness, week 1

My name is Oleksandr. I’m almost 20. I live in Zaporizhzhia. It’s a great city in southeast Ukraine, 230 kilometres from Donetsk. It’s my home.

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