A Kyiv-based illustrator, Anna Ivanenko has been drawing all her life and, starting in 2013, made it her career. She mainly collaborates with media, publishing houses, and advertising companies, and her clients include the New Yorker, The Globe, and Mail, Deutsche Welle, UN FPA, STRAPAZIN, Projector School of Design, The Village, and Old Lion Publishing House. From 2015 to 2021, Anna curated a course in illustration at Projector design school in Kyiv. As an artist, she’s primarily interested in form and space and pays extra attention to them in her works. In 2015, she co-founded an art studio, Seri\graph that makes screen print designs, zines, and other visual art projects.
“As of March 28, 144 children were killed, and more than 220 were wounded. Six hundred fifty-nine educational institutions were affected by bombing and shelling. Seventy-four were completely destroyed. More than half of Ukrainian children have left their homes, but it does not mean that education has stopped. Both public and private institutions are now accumulating supernatural resources and working to ensure that people continue to acquire knowledge.”
Since the large-scale invasion started on February 24, 2022, millions of Ukrainian children have been forced to study in bomb shelters instead of schools. Teachers run lessons on Zoom, sitting between two solid walls in corridors, underground parking, and bomb shelters. The situation worsened even more after Russia started shelling the Ukrainian power grid: studying by candlelight has become an unfortunate reality for many Ukrainian children. One of the photos widely circulated on social media shows a Ukrainian teacher giving a lesson on Zoom, her laptop perched on a bollard next to a supermarket that had power. Another shows Fedir Shandor, a Ukrainian professor and chair of the social sciences department at Uzhhorod University, giving lectures from the trenches over Zoom.
"By the middle of March, about 2 million people had left Kyiv. Almost 10 million Ukrainians had to run away from their homes. This is a quarter of the country's population. It is very strange to realize that I am also one of them.”
The start of the full-scale war in late February 2022 triggered a displacement crisis. According to the data of the UN Refugee Agency, 7,996,573 Ukrainian refugees have been recorded across Europe. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reports that another 5,914,000 people were estimated to be internally displaced in Ukraine as of December 5, 2022. In the first days of the invasion, the lines on Ukraine’s western border were so long that The New Yorker called it ‘the Ukrainian exodus.’ Some people, including women with babies and small children, had to wait up to 36 hours to cross the border.