Where exactly are you from, and can you tell us a bit about you and your family’s journey to Germany from the Ukraine as the situation worsened? Where are you now?
I was born in the village of Sutogan. It is located near Lugansk. After graduating from university, I lived in Lugansk and was forced to move to Kharkiv with my pregnant wife because of the war. In Kharkiv we had our beautiful daughter Betty.
The bombing on February 24th found us at home. They bombed near the tram depot, which was located near our house. We were going to the bomb shelter, but by chance a cab driver came and took us to the railway station. We had six minutes to gather our things. We managed to take the documents and the cat. Part of the equipment stayed in Kharkov, because there was no time to pack. I only took what we had after the hockey game, which I photographed 5 hours before the war. Next was the road to Uzhgorod. We rode in the overcrowded trains, in the vestibule, in one place, the three people with a cat. After 14 hours of walking across the border to Slovakia, we got to Prague and then through Dresden to Cologne.