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Ukrainian Girl’s Account Of Journey From War-torne Ukraine To Ireland To Be Published

Ukrainian Girl Memoir
A Ukrainian girl’s diary describing her journey from Kharkiv to Dublin, Ireland is set to release in October. The 12-year-old Ukrainian refugee Yeva Skalietska chartered her journey from the war-torn Kharkiv to Dublin in her diary.

The young author, Yeva Skalietska, used to live with her grandmother in Kharkiv, close to the Russian border. Shortly after her twelfth birthday, Russia invaded Ukraine in February. On February 24, she woke up to the sound of explosions and she and her grandmother spent the following 12 days rushing to take shelter from the missile attacks and hoping to find refuge in a safer place to stay.

Ukrainian Girl Memoir

In a statement, Skalietska said, “Everyone knows what the word ‘war’ means, but practically no one knows what this word really represents. I want the world to know what we experienced.”

The publisher Union Square announced that the book would contain Skalietska’s accounts of the “bombings they endured while sheltering underground and their desperate journey to West Ukraine”. The 12-year-old refugee sheltered underground and ultimately fled to Ireland with her grandmother. The diary begins a few days before Russia invaded Ukraine and details their journey to safety amid the war.

Union Square & Co. will release the diary You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine on October 25. A portion of the proceeds made by the sales of the book will be donated to Ukraine refugee organisations by Union Square.

Diaries Of Ukrainians During The Invasion

Another kid, 8-year-old Yegor Kravtsov, kept a diary in Mariupol during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kravtsoy’s words and drawings showcased the dire situation in Ukraine. His uncle, a photographer,  Yevgeniy Sosnovsky posted images of the diary online.

Ukrainian mother Yaroslava Antipina used social media to create a Twitter diary, where she documented the situation and her circumstances online. A resident of Kyiv, Antipina left the city to stay with her mother in Western Ukraine. She has not fled Ukraine because her 19-year-old son, like all Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 is forbidden from leaving.


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