The Culture Fights Back project to share stories of artists and civil society representatives who have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Read the stories of Ukrainian writers and poets who continue to talk about the realities of war, still publishing books and poetry while risking their lives every single day.
Pavlo Vyshebaba is a Ukrainian writer, eco-activist and musician. He is a co-founder and head of the One Planet NGO and a UNDP envoy for tolerance in Ukraine. On February 24, 2022, he joined the army and is now a unit commander in the 68th Separate Jager Brigade named after Oleksa Dovbush.
Pavlo took an active part in the Revolution of Dignity 2013-2014, especially in his work at the National Resistance Headquarters press center. After helping to overthrow the Yanukovych regime, he worked in the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, dealing with international communication and relations between ministries. In December 2016, he became a co-founder of the public organization One Planet, which aims to prevent animal exploitation, fur farming, species discrimination, climate change and species extinction.
Currently, Pavlo continues to maintain contact with civil life through poetry and music, which he publishes on the Internet. On December 24, 2022, Pavlo’s debut collection of poems Just don’t write to me about the war was published. The print run of the book was limited to 15,000 copies, with each one pre-ordered. Half of the poems in the collection were written after the full-scale invasion, with the other half being written before 2022 when Russia’s war in Ukraine had already been going on for the ninth year.
As Pavlo says: “Poetry explains our feelings – shows what we feel, being right here, on the front line. It is very important now because everyone reads poetry – both those Ukrainians abroad and those who remain in the country.”
Pavlo Vyshebaba Facebook-page