Life in War / Життя Війни

‘Life in War’ is a multimedia chronicle of Ukraine’s reality in times of war. The mission of the project is to document the modern history of the country against the backdrop of the Russian-Ukrainian war so that future generations and the world can better understand these events.

The project was born in the team of the Public Interest Journalism Lab (Ukraine) in cooperation and with the support of Documenting Ukraine, along with other partners. The head of the project is Nataliya Gumenyuk, a Ukrainian documentary filmmaker and journalist specializing in conflict coverage; the project coordinator is Inna Nelles.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian aggression, the life of every Ukrainian family, every Ukrainian company and city has changed. Every day the war takes the lives of Ukrainian defenders, tortures and kills civilians. Cultural heritage is being destroyed, some Ukrainian cities have been turned into ruins, millions of Ukrainians have left their homes in search of shelter, and tens of thousands of them have no place to return to. The Ukrainian state, the international community, human rights defenders, and journalists are documenting all these war crimes of the Russian militaries in order to bring the aggressor to justice.

But despite the pain and losses, the citizens of Ukraine resist – at the frontline and in the back – and undeniably believe in their victory. People live, create new families, and even in bomb shelters little Ukrainians are born. Life returns to the liberated cities; communities are united by mutual aid; volunteers, as a blood-bearing system, supply the essentials to all parts of the country; families who have been forced out of their homes by the war find the strength to start everything again in a new place.

Through Life in War, Documenting Ukraine is supporting over 30 media outlets across Ukraine as they report and produce print, visual, and video materials about people’s lives during wartime. These stories are published on the outlets’ own websites and can be browsed via the Life in War web platform.


Center for Urban History / Центр міської історії

With the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Center for Urban history mobilized its capacity and expertise to initiate wide-ranging documentation projects, focusing on oral testimonies, visual documentation, Telegram sources, and diaries and dreams of the war. Building on the longstanding partnership between the Center for Urban History and the IWM, Documenting Ukraine was able to support these projects through non-residential fellowships and grants.

Learn more about the CUH’s documentation work here


Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

As Documenting Ukraine looks to the past to inform its work in the present, we benefit immensely from the insight and experience of the team of the Fortunoff Archive in thinking about how to create a sustainable documentary record amidst the exigencies of wartime. The Fortunoff Archive and Documenting Ukraine have also partnered to award non-residential fellowships.


Documenting Ukraine is made possible through the generous support of:

Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin


The Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation


C.H. Beck


and many donors to the American Friends of the IWM fund at the King Badouin Foundation United States


How to support Documenting Ukraine

We are grateful for any contributions that allow us to expand Documenting Ukraine’s work. Donations can be made in several ways:

Bank transfer directly to the IWM:
Account Holder:

Institut f. d. Wissenschaften vom Menschen – Spendenkonto  
Spittelauer Laende 3, 1090 Wien 
Erste Bank 
Graben 21, 1010 Wien 
AT50 2011 1280 5698 6103 

U.S.-based donors can make tax deductible contributions to Documenting Ukraine via the "American Friends of the IWM" at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS).

Because KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions.
How to support us via KBFUS:
    • Gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of the IWM / Documenting Ukraine" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020
    • Gifts by credit card: Follow this link
    • Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS via email at or phone (212) 713-7660.