Kuljuk Pavel

“I’m Safe,” Our Ukrainian Correspondent Reports After Russian Shelling Targets Residential Areas, This Time Near His Home


Editor’s Note: Residents of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region are sifting through the rubble of their homes today after Russian strikes hit the city center for the first time in a month. Early this morning, seven strikes devastated a residential area and a building just down the street from the administrative center. At least 25 people were wounded and […]

As Shelling Ramps Up Right Near His Home, Our Ukrainian Correspondent Notes, “I Must Try to Create Good from War’s Evil”


Editor’s Note: It is estimated that three-quarters of the population of Kramatorsk have fled since the war against Ukraine began more than two months ago. Some 45,000 people remain, among them our Ukrainian correspondent, Kuljuk Pavel. Kramatorsk is near the front line of the Donbas region, where Russians have been staging a blistering new offensive for the past 10 days. […]

“I Don’t Love Mother, and I Don’t Think She Loves Me:” Still, Our Ukrainian Correspondent Is Pleased After First Mother-Son Chat During War


As the second month of the war approaches, my mother, Lyudmila, and I managed to communicate yesterday for the first time. She phoned me on Skype. My mother is 65 and lives in the Voronezh region of Russia in a city called Rossosh, about 170 miles northeast of Kramatorsk. She considers herself Russian because she left Ukraine in 2004. I […]

Three Friends Who’ve Left Kramatorsk Find It Lonely and Sad So Far from Home, Our Ukrainian Correspondent Reports


Editor’s Note: Our Ukrainian correspondent, Kuljuk Pavel, has stubbornly resisted the advice of authorities in Eastern Ukraine to leave Kramatorsk, his hometown. Today, he explains why, sharing the challenging experiences of three close friends and family members who have become internally displaced persons or IDPs – a term for the more than 7.1 million “local” refugees who are remaining within […]

“Windows of War:” A Photo Essay from Our Ukrainian Correspondent, Kuljuk Pavel


Editor’s Note: Today, our Ukrainian correspondent, Kuljuk Pavel, offers something different: a photo essay he calls “Windows of War.” Waxing philosophical, Kuljuk notes that we may learn a great deal from our neighbors and their approach to war simply by studying their windows. His report and photos follow. Learn how The Daily Catch connected with Kuljuk Pavel. The window is a […]

Windows of War: Ukraine April 2022

Kuljuk Pavel Prepares 900 Liters of Water for His Bunker

“Our Bunker is Ready,” Our Ukrainian Correspondent Reports, Three Days After a Missile Kills Dozens of Neighbors


Editor’s Note: In the aftermath of the brutal April 8 assault on the Kramatorsk train station that killed upwards of 50 people, our Ukrainian correspondent, Kuljuk Pavel, has been working day and night to prepare a bunker at his small dacha about six miles away. While his home in town in Ivanovka cannot adequately store water, the dacha in Malotaranovka […]

Death from War Has Now Arrived at His Doorstep, Our Ukrainian Correspondent Reports


Editor’s Note: The train station in Kramatorsk, home to our Ukrainian correspondent, came under missile attack earlier today and at least 50 people have been reported killed, including at least two children. Russia has denied culpability in the attack, while Ukrainian authorities and senior Pentagon officials insist otherwise. Following the slaughter, which bore an eerie similarity to the bombing of […]

As Russians Begin Aerial Bombing Assault Near His Home in Kramatorsk, Our Ukrainian Correspondent Plans Escape to His Dacha


Editor’s Note: Tonight, as Russian forces retreat from Kyiv, they began a bombing campaign in Kramatorsk, home to our Ukrainian correspondent. Because Kramatorsk is where the government moved after separatists took the city of Donetsk in 2014, it is a symbolic target for the Russians. Today, a missile strike, presumably intended for a police station, instead hit a school and […]


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