Russia-Ukraine War
Russia began an invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. It is the largest conventional military attack in Europe since World War II. Our team pivoted to frontline media reporting, while we continue promoting public interest fact-based journalism. We document Ukrainians' wartime stories and create an archive of evidence that will raise public awareness and facilitate justice for victims
Ukrainians are rejoicing at victory — and awash in trauma and grief
Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive has liberated at least 3,400 square miles of territory, mostly in the northeast, and cut off Russian supply routes. But its real significance might go beyond the merely military. It has given hope to millions of Ukrainians.

Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Washington Post
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Putin is mobilising 300,000 more soldiers to fight his war. But Ukrainians feel hope, not fear
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
Some 300,000 more families will start to feel the war personally. The move also confirms that Russia will be unable to defend territories it has occupied without more personnel.
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The World Now Has a Vision of Ukrainian Victory
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The New York Times
The counteroffensive showed that the Ukrainian army is capable not just of defense but also of attack. This is a major change.
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Ukrainians are joyful as the Russian occupiers flee, but we must be wary of an ambush
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
In some places the enemy has abandoned positions, guns and even roubles. Elsewhere, resistance is fiercer.
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Ukrainische Unabhängigkeit: Eine Zukunftskultur
Nataliya Gumenyuk, Die Zeit
Im Gegensatz zur russischen Gesellschaft hat die ukrainische den Zerfall der Sowjetunion seit Langem überwunden. Die Menschen schauen nach vorne, in eine bessere Zukunft.
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The city that formed Volodymyr Zelensky
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The New Statesman
Kryvyi Rih was known for its steel factory and its residents’ supposed Soviet nostalgia. War has changed that.
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Ukraine’s independence day was always important. Now it is a matter of life and death
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
In Kyiv, we are marking the day under the constant threat of Russian attack – and facing a watershed in the course of the war
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‘We Need to Liberate Our People From the Horrors of Occupation’: New Allegations of Russian War Crimes Emerge in Ukraine
Ukrainian villagers accuse Russian troops of abuse, torture, and the murder of civilians as brutal war grinds on

Nataliya Gumenyuk, Rolling Stone
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Russia’s invasion is making Ukraine more democratic
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Atlantic
Over time, I saw that the war hadn’t just forced us to defend our land and our freedom; it has accelerated our progress as a democracy.
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A young soldier’s death reminds Ukrainians that the war is taking their best
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Washington Post
On June 9, Roman Ratushny was killed in battle near Izyum, not far from Kharkiv. He would have turned 25 in July.
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Putin’s bombs were supposed to break us in Ukraine. They are doing the opposite
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
Ukrainians know the war is not over, so each day we clean up, document the destruction, and do our best to prepare
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"Damit sie mich in Ruhe lassen"
"Ich wollte niemanden umbringen. Ich habe geschossen, damit sie mich in Ruhe lassen."
Natalia Gumeniuk, Zeit.de
May 24, 2022
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Alone under siege:
how older women
are being left
behind in Ukraine
Angelina Kariakina, Luba Kassova, The Guardian
May 16, 2022

With many living alone in dire conditions or unable to care for themselves, these forgotten women are among those least able to escape
Ukraine’s Jewish Community Fights Back Against Russia’s Invasion
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
May 14, 2022

Impossible Choices in the Battle for the Donbas

Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Atlantic
April 24, 2022

In the weeks since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the leaders of the Donbas have had no easy choices.
Pavlo Kyrylenko
The governor of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk
Serhiy Gaidai
The governor of the Ukrainian region of Luhansk
Kriegsreporterin: "Moskau hat irgendwann seine eigene Fiktion geglaubt"
Die ukrainische Journalistin Natalia Gumenjuk über Russlands Taktik der "verbrannten Erde", Kriegsverbrechen und Einigkeit
17 квітня 2022

Ангеліна Карякіна, Наталя Гуменюк, Суспільне

“Не можна змушувати народ жити так, як хочеться Путіну. Це війна проти Бога” — рабин Мейр Стамблер
Sie nennen sie die Deutschen
Bei den älteren Ukrainern, die der russische Angriff überrollt, werden Erinnerungen an einen früheren Krieg geweckt.
Von Nataliya Gumenyuk, ZeitOnline
April 16, 2022

‘They Were Killed For Us’: Ukrainians Bury Their Dead — and Accuse Russian Army of Mass Murder
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The RollingStone
April 15, 2022
We owe it to the dead and missing to tell their stories and to try to find some measure of justice, no matter how long it takes
We forced the Russians back from Kyiv. Now we’re braced for what comes next
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
April 21, 2022
Ukrainians know the war is not over, so each day we clean up, document the destruction, and do our best to prepare
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After the horrors of Bucha, Ukrainians changed the way we look at this war
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
April 6, 2022
The Russian military are now circling the Donbas. I’m terrified for people there who were loyal to Ukraine for the past eight years
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Andrii Bashtovyi and Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian

March 17, 2022
Rubble and resistance in Kharkiv – in pictures
Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine and 25 miles from the Russian border, was considered a major target by Russia and was one of the first hit. However, Russian troops have not managed to capture the city, which has been hit relentlessly by bombs and rockets. Many residents say their main task is to win the war and then ‘rebuild the city to make it even better’
Ukrainians don’t see Russia’s war crimes as an invitation to negotiate
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Washington Post
March 24, 2022

KYIV, Ukraine — The Russians have asked Ukrainian forces to surrender Mariupol. The Ukrainians have refused.
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‘After the victory’: ruined city of Okhtyrka clings to hope of brighter future
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
March 19, 2022

City in north-east Ukraine is a rubble-strewn shadow of the place it once was, but its mayor is unbowed
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‘We Would Die Under Moscow.’ Odesa Unites To Resist Putin’s Invasion
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The RollingStone
March 15, 2022

A city under siege is fighting back against a tyrant’s invasion
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In Mykolaiv, a city awaiting a siege, it’s clear that all Ukrainians are now people of war
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
March 14, 2022
Until last month, many were still oblivious to the reality of conflict with Russia. But its ugliness is now inescapable
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We have no illusions: we know Putin will try everything to bomb us into submission
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
March 3, 2022
With our courage and unity, we Ukrainians believe victory is possible. But we know we will have to pay the highest price
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I’m in Kyiv and awake at the darkest hour – as Putin’s bombs rain down
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
February 24, 2022
I could not accept the idea of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but here I am as the airstrikes begin and Russia invades us
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In Kyiv, we remain fearless. But war is becoming a backdrop to everyday life
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Guardian
February 18, 2022
To stop Russia, Ukrainians must show, for as long as possible, that we are unconquerable
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The Pop Star and
the Film Student
Now Defending Kyiv
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The RollingStone
February 27, 2022

“I could have been in Santa Monica, drinking smoothies,” says one of the newer members of the city’s civil-defense police unit. Now, he’s bracing for an all-out assault by Russian forces — and says he’s determined to fight
Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Washington Post

February 25, 2022

The saddest irony of Putin’s war on Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine — Russians and Ukrainians actually understand each other well. That is perhaps the biggest and saddest irony of this perverse, unnecessary war.