Victoria Yefymenko, newsletter editor

Today it’s 1 year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On 24 February 2022 I was woken at around 5 am in my Kyiv apartment by the sounds of distant explosions, which marked the beginning of the war. On the next day I was awakened at around 4 am by a bright light and the sound of hundreds of glass fragments from blown out windows in my bedroom as a result of a missile strike that hit a neighbouring apartment building. Later on I was often woken by air raid sirens, after which I went to the shelter in a parking lot.

Nowadays I wake up in a peaceful countryside in the Netherlands to the sound of birds, and I am really grateful to all the people who helped me and my family. I hope that on 24 February 2024 I will again wake up in my Kyiv apartment in the secure post-war Ukraine and sounds of sirens will remain only in my memories about this war.

Please read also the two weekly newsletter about the Ukraine war edited by Victoria and the weekly column of Prof Oleksii Korzh experiencing the war in Kharkiv