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Author: Yaroslav Zdyrko

Zdyrko Yaroslav: My journey across Ukraine to report on the war with a photojournalist from Milwaukee

“Without the help of the Milwaukee Independent’s editorial team for the project Reports From Ukraine, I would not have been able to take a single photograph. Very heartfelt thanks is due them. Yaroslav Zdyrko provided security, logistical support, and was our videographer; Oleh Pinta was our Ukrainian and Russian language translator and reporter, and Halyna Salapata supported our work with translation services and coordinated our schedule.” – Lee Matz For me, the journey began on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Already awake when the morning alarm clock rang, I turned it off and left my home. Russian attacks on our...

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Stories from Ukraine: How Milwaukee helped a bakery feed hungry survivors in Bucha with fresh bread

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine Since Ukrainian Army defeated Putin’s military in April and forced his invasion force into a humiliating...

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Stories from Ukraine: How a mass grave of executions overshadowed accountability from Bucha’s leadership

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine In the first days of April, along the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and...

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