I am more interested in building a country here than in leaving and using what someone else has built. I believe in this country and the potential of the people I live with,” says volunteer Lesia Lytvynova.
“Russian long-range artillery, large-caliber mortars, Kalibr cruise missiles, cluster munitions, air-to-ground missiles, and phosphorus munitions are attacking Ochakiv. All the weapons the Russian army has has been used in the shelling of Ochakiv,” says Oleksiі Vaskov, deputy mayor of Ochakiv.
“I have never cried so much while logging footage. I have never been so devastated by emotions. But also, I have never been so inspired by the work of a videographer who tells the story of his country during the war with such vision and determination,” shares the film’s editor, Michelle Mizner.
Before the full-scale invasion, more than 19 thousand people lived in the Orikhiv community. Now, about 1000 people remain here, and not a single high-rise building in the city is still intact.
“I look forward to Ukraine’s victory and do my best to educate students who will become the pride of our country in the future”, says Ukrainian teacher Svitlana Popova.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has been deliberately targeting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, and energy workers have to make repairs daily to provide light and heat to Ukrainian homes, even despite the constant danger.
These Ukrainians voluntarily joined the Armed Forces after more than 18 months of the full-scale war
“I did not join the army to die. I came to live according to my principles. To live in such a way that I would not be ashamed to die,” Marharita said.
“We are fighting for the truth and defending our homeland, our native land, our families, our homes. (…) It’s simple: defending the homeland is a sacred duty of a Muslim and a human being in general.”
The volunteer brought and decorated a Christmas tree 6 kilometers away from Bakhmut to cheer up soldiers driving to the frontline.
The stories of two volunteer drivers who deliver the bodies of fallen Ukrainian soldiers to their families
“The importance of this work is to deliver a person who defended Ukraine to their loved ones and to the burial place,” says volunteer Vitalii.
The outstanding endurance of the vehicle was proven in action: each Ukrainian defender inside survived the direct hit.
“I really wanted to come home and see it all. After being under occupation and then participating in combat operations, I didn’t believe it could happen,” Oleh recalls.