German Federal President visits Ukraine
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks near the village of Yahidne with eyewitnesses who were held hostage in the basement of a school. On the wall are the names of the villagers who died in this prison basement – Ukraine, Yahidne 25 October 2022.
Jewish fighters in Ukraine
Orthodox father and son pick up arms, ready to defend their Ukraine hometown. Father Asher Cherkassky and his son David are Ukrainian Jews. Since the first day of the war they have been part of the Territorial Defense of Ukraine and are organizing the defense of their city – Dnipro, Ukraine, April 2022.
Former comrades – now enemies!
Ukrainian WWII veterans of the Red Army speak about their WWII experiences on the anniversary of the end of the war. For the first time since 1945, they cannot celebrate Victory Day exuberantly. The war is back, the front only 25 kilometers away – Zaporizhzhzhia Oblast, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 8, 2022.
Family life in Bakhmut.
Sonja (9) lives with her family in the heavily contested city of Bakhmut. The house where the family lives was hit by a Russian missile. „I’m not afraid,“ says Sonja while artillery fire can be heard in the background. Because there is no electricity, lunch is prepared outside on a fireplace. Sonja can only paint the perfect world – Ukraine, Bakhmut 22 October 2022.
Ukrainian army soldiers evacuate Valentina (81) from a village near the frontline at Slatyne. Cluster munitions hit the town two days ago, the fragments hit Oleg and his wife Larissa as they stand in their garden. Neighbors find the seriously injured, army medics take them to the hospital. Oleg dies from his severe injuries on the way, Larissa is still fighting for her life. Only later do neighbors find Larissa’s mother Valentina trapped in the house by rubble. Because of the ongoing bombardment, the frail woman cannot be brought out, the way out of town is too dangerous – Slatyne, Ukraine, July 14, 2022.