Yura could not imagine that it would be so hard at the front, he would lose many friends and exhausted he would fight off enemy attacks for months. Now he is dealing with postcombat stress and trying to rebuild his relationship with his family.

The price of patriotism

In a small Hutsul village near Romania, men have left their families at home and are fighting in the war. Anna lives high in the mountains. Her sons and relatives went to the front. 21-year-old Ivan guards the Ukrainian border. 25-year-old Yura returned home after months of fighting in Bachmut. He struggles with combat stress. 38-year-old Mykola died in Bakhmut. He fathered two daughters...

Małgorzata Leszczyńska

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Freelance photographer. She specializes in documentary photography. She is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Photography. She is the author of the series: "Life goes on" about Ukrainians who fight for their country, "Red zone" about loneliness in Covid hospital wards closed to visitors, "It happens" about the work of rescue teams.