* Editor’s note: An amazing photo documentary every American should see, so they understand and appreciate the context of higher gas prices, democracy, and freedoms!
TIME: “When war comes home”
+ TIME Magazine: A Ukrainian Photographer Documents the Invasion of His Country
“In the seconds before impact, mortars whistle as they fall, making a loud and almost plaintive sound Maxim Dondyuk will never forget. He will not forget the sting of their shrapnel, which felt like a hot knife in his arm, or the sight of the women and children he photographed during the shelling near Kyiv on March 6. He hopes the people who see his photos will not be able to forget them either. ‘I don’t stay here and do this because I am a masochist,’ Dondyuk, who is Ukrainian, says by phone from the center of Kyiv. ‘I do it because sometimes a photo can change people, change societies.’ With luck, he says, it might help stop a war.
“When this war started in late February, Dondyuk was in Kyiv as Russian forces rushed to encircle the city, dropping bombs and firing artillery while tanks advanced from the north. Civilians tried to flee or take shelter in the subway system. At the city’s main hospital for children, Dondyuk found the patients crowded into the basement while the doctors waited for the wounded to arrive.”