Life In Ukraine A Year Into The War

It has been a little over a year since the start of the Ukrainian war that caused millions to seek refuge, yet the ones who’ve stayed struggle to continue everyday life.


Hailey Sadler, CNN

Veronica Timakina, 6, is covered by a Ukrainian flag as she lies in the grass.

Arleth Guevara, Features Editor

It has been over a year since the Russian War on Ukraine started and about 8,000 civilians have been killed, 11,000 injured and millions more forced to flee their homes. 

Residents of the Ukrainian House, a hotel that is used as a temporary refugee house in Tbilisi mingle outside before nightfall. (Hailey Sadler, CNN)

Since the war started millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country, many of them heading to the country of Georgia. They have filled up apartments and hotels with families of four or five living in small rooms. 

Majority of those who have not fled are in the capital Kyiv,  which Russia failed to capture. 

 Kyiv is the most eastern city with the majority of it’s prewar population. Many residents from cities that have been destroyed have fled to Kyiv or other the western most cities and other countries such as Poland for safety. 

 Due to the Russian attacks of the power infrastructure, it is very common for citizens who have stayed to have power outages that can last for hours or even days. Citizens often hide in their basements or cellars in order to protect themselves from Russian soldiers who will appear on the streets without warning. Oftentimes these cellars have no power, no gas, and it is completely dark yet Ukrainians will hide for hours. 

Raissa Fateeva  is one of the few who remained in the eastern city of Kharkiv throughout the Russian occupation and then through Russian shelling of her neighborhood once Ukrainian troops retook control.

Raissa Fateeva remained in her village east of Kharkiv with her son (CBS news)

In an interview done by CBS News Fateeva said, “I can say we live well, but I want it all to end, for there to be peace, so there is no more shelling, because that was very scary.”