Russian propagandists stated that Kyiv would be captured in a matter of days, but this did not happen. Ukraine withstands the attack, but Russia shifts tactics and begins terrorizing the civilian population. Unfortunately this has also affected us. Writer Oleksandr Mykhed, who is a member of PEN Ukraine, lost his home due to Russian bombing.
WHATS GOING ON?
After an unsuccessful attack on Ukraine, the Russian army started brutally shelling civil infrastructure: residential blocks, schools, kindergartens, public transport, and civilian cars. On 1 March Russia has bombed Babyn Yar, site of a Memorial to Jews executed by Nazis during the Second World War. On 4 March Russian occupants shelled Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russians hold Сhernobyl power plant staff hostage for the tenth day. Despite that NATO still refuses to implement a no-fly zone around the country which has given Russia a green light to continue bombarding peaceful towns and villages.
Thousands of people in Ukraine, including children, pregnant women and the elderly, are currently on the brink of extinction without access to medicine, food, or drinking water. In occupied cities Russian invading forces broadcasting Russian propaganda.
By 4 March the Russian army had already killed at least 331 civilians, including 19 children. Most civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes. That is why we need to double our efforts in advocating a NATO no-fly zone over Ukraine.
WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR UKRAINE RIGHT NOW?
Please support us in establishing a military no-fly zone over Ukraine:
- Join the campaign on social media and tag the head of your government using hashtag #ProtectUАSky;
- You as well can join peace protest in your city or organise your own;
- Write a letter to your PM and head of the government.
We call to boycott the Russian state now, until it completely withdraws from Ukraine and is held responsible for its war crimes:
- Suspend Russian participation in international cultural events such as festivals, biennials, exhibitions, art and literature fairs, including the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale;
- Boycott events organised by Russian institutions as well as international foundations that are directly and indirectly linked to or funded by Putin’s regime and Russian capital;
- Cancel any cooperation with Russian artists, no matter how great or famous, as long as they openly support Putin’s regime, silence its crimes, or do not publicly and directly oppose it;
- Remove representatives affiliated with the Russian state or Russian capital from supervisory and advisory boards of your organisations;
- Refuse any donations, funding or sponsorship from Russian organisations, their proxies and affiliates based in other countries.
Help Ukraine by stopping any cooperation with Russia and communicate your decision publicly to encourage your peers to follow your example. Use the hashtags #BoycottRussia, #StandWithUkraine, #StopRussia.
- Ukraine: CoE platform partners demand protection of journalist safety (joint statement);
- Halya Coynash “Babyn Yar bombed by Russia, 80 years after Nazi Massacre of Ukrainian Jews” (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group);
- Halya Coynash “Russia proposes 15-year sentences and threatens ‘treason charges’ for telling the truth about its war crimes in Ukraine” (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group);
- Keir Giles “This is Russia’s way of war. Putin has no qualm about medieval levels of brutality” (The Guardian);
- How You Can Help Ukraine (The New York Times);
- Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov: Russians after me (BBC);
- Dr. Olha Poliukhovych and Askold Melnyczuk on the War in Ukraine (Literary Hub);
- Sasha Dovzhyk “A question from Lviv to the world: are you going to leave us to face the Kremlin’s madman alone?” (The Guardian);
- Nataliya Gumenyuk “We have no illusions: we know Putin will try everything to bomb us into submission” (The Guardian);
- Leah Asmelash “What the writer of ‘We Lived Happily During the War’ wants you to know about Ukraine” (CNN);
- Oleksandr Mykhed “Letter from Ukraine: the language of war” (Financial Times);
- Andrey Kurkov “A brief history of Ukrainian heroes” (The Economist);
- Haska Shyyan “How do I tell my daughter about the war?” (Financial Times);
- Isaac Chotiner “Vladimir Putin’s Revisionist History of Russia and Ukraine” (The New Yorker);
- A podcast “Ukraine World”;
- Ukrajinskí ilustrátori: Ukrajinci vedia čakať. A preto budeme čakať a bojovať (SME Kultura, in Slovak);
- «La guerra all’Ucraina è contro tutto il mondo libero. State dalla nostra parte» (L’espresso, in Italian);
- Andreï Kourkov : « Nous, intellectuels ukrainiens, sommes unis » (Le Monde, in French);
- Andreï Kourkov ou le résistant lettré (Le Figaro, in French);
- Piotr Pacewicz “Ukraina odrzuca Rosję, która wdeptuje człowieka w ziemię – mówi prof. Hnatiuk, Polka i Ukrainka” (OKO Press, in Polish);
- Prof. Marynowicz: Ukraina nigdy nie była tak zjednoczona jak dziś (Ekai, in Polish).
DIALOGS ON WAR
We continue a series of conversations #DialoguesOnWar, where Ukrainian and foreign intellectuals talk about the experience of the war and share their own observations:
- Dialogues on War: Victoria Amelina and Sofi Oksanen;
- Dialogues on War: Volodymyr Yermolenko and Marci Shore;
- Dialogues on War: Andriy Kurkov and Philippe Sands.
30 BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND UKRAINE
What do you know about Ukrainians? For the last ten years, Ukraine has been published on the covers of world newspapers with the headlines “Revolution of Dignity” and “War”. These events proved that freedom is the key value of the Ukrainian people. Why do Ukrainians continue to fight for their values, despite the aggression of one of the largest countries in the world? We have compiled a list of fiction and non-fiction books that will help you better understand Ukrainian history and mentality. All books are available in English.
WAY OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT
- PEN Ukraine together with PEN Belarus, PEN Poland and Open Culture Foundation organized a public fundraiser to support the creative community of Ukraine: https://bit.ly/
- Humanitarian: http://
- Support army (main foundation in army support): https://savelife.in.
OFFICIAL SOURCES WHERE YOU CAN FIND FAIR INFORMATION ABOUT THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE
- Official website of the President of Ukraine (in English) https://www.
- Minister of Defence of Ukraine (in English) https://www.mil.gov.
- Armed Forces of Ukraine https://www.zsu.gov.
- The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (in English) https://www.rnbo.gov.
- Joint Forces Operation (in Ukrainian) https://www.
- Official site of the ArmyInform news agency (in Ukrainian) https://armyinform.
- Centre for Strategic Communication (in English) https://spravdi.gov.
UKRAINIAN MEDIA WHOSE INFORMATION CAN BE TRUSTED
- The National News Agency of Ukraine or Ukrinform (Russian, English, Spanish, German, French and other versions) https://www.
- Mill.in.ua (in English) https://mil.in.ua/en/
- NV (in English) https://english.nv.
- Ukrayinska Pravda (in English) https://www.pravda.
- The Kyiv Independent (in English) https://
- Suspilne (Public broadcasting) (in Ukrainian) https://suspilne.
- Hromadske (in Ukrainian) https://hromadske.
- RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service (known locally as Radio Svoboda) (in Ukrainian) https://www.
- BBC News Ukraine (in Ukrainian) https://www.bbc.
- European Pravda (in English) https://www.
Read more at war.pen.org.ua