Yevhenii Telukha


Documenting Ukraine Grants

Kharkiv - My Favorite City

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops has created a new reality for millions of Ukrainians. Today, the war brings daily deaths of children and adults, destruction of infrastructure and homes, the killing of civilians and soldiers, and the destruction of cultural heritage to the population of Ukraine. The war has become a new challenge for the entire population of large cities, small towns and villages; it has changed everything, overturned people's values, destroying the worlds of individuals and Ukrainians as a whole, and changed attitudes to space, place and time. 

The team of the public organization "Kharkiv Young," represented by professional historians, sees its mission as preserving the memory of Kharkiv citizens and their favorite places that connect them with the city. The main goal of the project is to investigate the life stories of Kharkiv residents and the changes in their everyday life that occurred after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. A separate focus of the project is to put the Kharkiv citizens' favorite places on an interactive digital map, and including the historical background of the place supported by video storytelling about the place as it was before the war, how it has changed after February 24, 2022, and the ability to interact with these places today. In addition, the project will raise issues connected with the factor of the sudden start of the war, the anxious filling of the backpack, the resettlement of Ukrainians inland and abroad, places of memory for Kharkiv citizens, survival strategies in war conditions, and plans for a new Victory Day after the Victory of Ukraine. In addition, the project will allow for the recording of stories that had a positive meaning for people during wartime, including descriptions of favorite holidays, birthday celebrations, and dreams. 

The project will be an important addition to the study of everyday life under war conditions, experiences of survival in extreme situations, forced migration, and selected topics covering social history and anthropology. The project will interview Kharkiv residents who remain in the zone of active hostilities at the moment, as well as those who have left for safer places and abroad.


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