"Despite Novorossiya"


This series documents the impact of the war in eastern Ukraine on to the rest of the country. Novorossiya (literally translated: New Russia) is a historical term used to describe an area in the Russian Empire that comprises present-day Ukraine. Attempts to revive Novorossiya surfaced with the conflict in Donbas, the region at war along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia. The conflict began in 2014 when an unstable political climate led to the Russian invasion and illegal-annexation of the Crimean peninsula and military intervention in the so-called separatist republics in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts, the regions that make up Donbas. Prior to the conflict, the Ukrainian army was hardly worth mentioning – since the Russian invasion, it has transformed into a fully functional professional army, meeting more western and NATO standards than ever anticipated. The conflict has taken over 10,000 lives in government-controlled areas and continues to rage on to this day. Yet most civilian life, on both sides of the contact line, functions relatively normally. Still, the change that came with the Maidan protests in 2013 is ever apparent with dramatically increased nationalism and integration of civil and military life. 


The photographs in this project document the war's impact throughout government-controlled areas of Ukraine in the cities of Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Pervomaisk, Chornobyl, and Kharkiv. 

Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
Sarah Yee, Sarah S. Yee, Sarah, Yee, travel, Ukraine, Kiev, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernobyl, Chornobyl, Odesa, Odessa, Lviv, military, train, street car, square, Maidan, EuroMaidan, revolution, nationalism, war, conflict, soldiers
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