Volnovakha: An Ordinary Family, An Extraordinary Journey

Left: Kateryna Tuiziukova, an international relations student at Chișinău University. Right: Ilya Ponomarenko, the defense and security reporter at the Kyiv Independent.
Two armed guards let me take a photo of the exhibit after I showed them my accreditation. I snapped two shots quickly hence the bad quality. High alert for provocations.
Donskoye village in Volnovakha region, 2022. Katerina and Ilya grew up here. Photos from Katerina Tiuziukova’s archive.
Left: Donskoye village. Right: Cooking on the open fire in Donskoye. Photos from Katerina Tiuziukova’s archive.
Listen to Ponomarenko’s analysis and read The Kyiv Independent here.

“Ilya still does not really understand how popular he is — he has one million followers on Twitter. Restrained by nature, unpretentious, and kind, he is just what our mother wanted us to be: simple, understanding, and responsible,” said Katerina.

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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

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