Documenting the evidences. Kyiv during the Russian War against Ukraine in 2022 and the memory of Max Levin

18 april, 2023

 Living the War is a book, documenting the first year of life during Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. This issue is titled Kyiv during the Russian War against Ukraine, and it features a chronological reconstruction of the events, eyewitness accounts, and photographic evidence, providing readers with a perspective on personal experience and everyday life.

The book is divided into five chapters, with each focusing on a specific period, starting from the threat of war in January and ending with the destruction of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure by missiles and drones in October. The book includes images of the war by eight photographers and artists who documented the events in Kyiv and its suburbs from February to September: Mykhaylo Palinchak, Vova Vorotniov, Vasylyna Vrublevska, Oleksandr Burlaka, Roman Pashkovsky, Maks Levin, Sasha Maslov and Sasha Kurmaz. Through the lens of Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, the book captures Russia's attempt to capture the city and the experiences of its residents during this challenging time. The edition features twelve personal testimonies from individuals of different ages, professions, and social statuses, including an animal rights activist, an artist, an 80-year-old historian, and a businessman who lost goods worth over 16 million euros due to Russian shelling.

The book presents the facts, images, and testimonies in an unbiased manner, allowing readers to form their own understanding of the historical events that took place in Kyiv after February 24th. By offering multiple perspectives on the war, Living the War provides a comprehensive view of the war unfolding in Ukraine. All photographers donated their fees for featuring in the edition to the family of Maks Levin, who was killed by Russians near Kyiv in the spring of 2022. The funds raised will go to the project of a shelter with an educational program for children from war-affected areas.

Journalists: Daniil Lekhovitser, Roksolana Makar, Nadiia Shvadchak. Translators: Paul Martsin, Khrystyna Mykhailiuk, Ivan Toporov. The Witnesses: Hanna Shuvalova, Ruslan Litvinenko, Victoria Parkhomenko, Daria Kasyanova, Serhii Melnychenko, Yulia Vaganova, Volodymyr Shapovalov, Anastasia Tykha, Olena Korzh, Natalya Yakovenko, Vlad Sharapa, Alevtina Kakhidze. Photographers: Mykhaylo Palinchak, Vova Vorotniov, Vasylyna Vrublevska, Oleksandr Burlaka, Roman Pashkovsky, Maks Levin, Sasha Maslov, Sasha Kurmaz, Christopher Occhicone, Yurii Stefanyak, Veronica Khokhlova. 

To find out more about the project please visit livingthewar.media

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