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Kolya has been living alone with the family’s cat in his apartment, partly destroyed by Russian Air Strikes right in the centre of Irpin. His family fled to France, but he chose to stay, saying that he had to defend their home and their belongings. He proudly showed us the photographs of his children, their medals in ballet and taekwondo, and told us that he is sure he will reunite with them soon, "once this is all over".
Costas Constantinou is editor-in-chief of Politis Newspaper in Cyprus. He travelled to Ukraine in March, and again in April, to cover the war, the refugee crisis and the struggle of ordinary Ukrainians to survive. A big thank you to Mr Constantinou for sharing the moment captured in the frame. (ks)