After 15 months of fighting in Bakhmut, Yura returned home. But a return to pre-war life is no longer possible. Serious health problems and a broken bond with his fiancée are the price of sacrifice for a better future of the nation.

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.