For the final segment of my Ukraine trip report, I have compiled an essay of photos I took in Kyiv that serves as both a visible reminder that Ukraine is at war but also a reminder that as in any war, life must go on. Despite facing a war of aggression, the resilience of the Ukrainian people was on display during my recent trip to Kyiv.
Ukraine 2023 Photo Essay: Life In Kyiv
The weather was quite nice (sunny skies with only scattered clouds) my first day in Kyiv, so I used the afternoon to walk around the city, sip coffee, and take photos.
Many I spoke to about my trip thought I was walking into an active war zone. Technically I may have been, but Kyiv is not currently a hotspot with Russian and Ukrainian troops exchanging fire. Instead, air defenses limit the ability of Russian forces to successfully attack the capital city and with the exception of the occasional air raid sirens or rolling blackouts, life continues. Many men have taken the call to arms, but Kyiv is full of younger men trying to survive in an uncertain time as we all do, simply by working.
The War in Ukraine is a very complex situation. I am firmly on the Ukrainian side, yet I do not discount that this geopolitical situation is deeply nuanced, with the two nations tightly interlaced from a historical perspective. But that makes it all the more important that we understand that even in cases of shared culture and language, turning a blind eye to an invasion based upon false pretenses is something we should not and cannot do.
A bit of background on these next several photos. Ukraine uses propaganda as well to advance its aims and has created a centerpiece in the heart of Kyiv to showcase Russian atrocities in the War.