Ukraine's struggle for independence did not always take place on the battlefield. In the 19th century and early 20th century, despite the numerous prohibitions of the Ukrainian language by the Russian Empire, Ukrainian writers fought to uphold their language via battlefields of ink and paper. The first thing that Russian troops do on occupied Ukrainian territories is cancel the teaching of the Ukrainian language and literature in schools, demonstratively burning books. The beginning of the war in 2014 shifted the focus of Ukrainian writers and poets, but the war itself created many of them.
In this section, you will 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.