People who

were going about their business and developing their projects.

were living their lives and dreaming.

got their lives turned upside down in the morning of 24 February.

have not been stopped by missile attacks and occupation. 

during the war found the strength to develop the community

have chosen courage which is admired by the whole world.

And we, in turn, admire them.

People Who is a joint project of the Lyuk media and the House of Europe programme. With this project, we summarise the extremely difficult 2022. The year that forever changed all of us.

Those are stories of people and projects that received House of Europe’s support. Thanks to it they had a chance to help others and realise their own dreams. They also gained inspiration to conquer new heights in 2023.

People who have chosen resilience

Vitalii Pcholkin – the head of the Group for Active Rehabilitation, a person with a spinal cord injury. He evacuated to Lviv from occupied Bucha and received an Alumni Emergency Stipend from House of Europe for basic necessities and for the installation of handrails for wheelchair access in the Collegium of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

During the first month of the full-scale invasion, Vitalii’s NGO worked as a humanitarian headquarters. They organised the evacuation of people with disabilities from hot spots and provided them with basic necessities.

We spoke with Vitalii about difficulties people with a spinal cord injury face during the war and peaceful times, about directions in which their organisation works, and about things that shouldn’t be said to people with disabilities.
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People who help other people

Pop-up Hub is a temporary embassy of House of Europe. It was opened in Baggage marketing and communications school on 17 February and was bound to work until 5 June.

At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Baggage team started helping people from Kharkiv and Kharkiv Oblast. They founded the Volonterska charity organisation. Some of their activities were funded from the Pop-up Hub’s budget. 

We spoke with Meriam Yol, a producer and volunteer, about the plans of the Pop-up Hub, destructions caused by Russians, the creation of Volonterska, and their work in the de-occupied territories.
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museum collections helped to evacuate or secure


organizations supported


stipends were awarded to Ukrainian specialists


opportunities for Ukrainians were published

People who preserve the memory of the Heroes

Serhii Lysenko is a film director. He has been serving as a military operator in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since March 2022. He won a Stipend for Filmmakers offered by House of Europe in cooperation with Netflix. 

At present, Serhii is working on a documentary about two soldiers. He spent a few days with them during the filming for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A few days after he and his team had left their positions, the soldiers got killed.

We spoke with Serhii about his work path from a feature film director of feature films to a documentary filmmaker, filming during the war and his personal transformation brought about by working with traumatic stories.
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People who save cultural heritage

The Museum is Opened for Renovation is a project of the DE NE DE initiative. Its aim is to make museums more open to the public and to teach museum staff work in new ways.

Since 2015, the project helps museums to change. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, they have had a new mission of saving museums. The project has got House of Europe’s support for this purpose twice.

We spoke with Leonid Marushchak, the leader of the project, to find out how The Museum is Opened for Renovation’s activity has changed after 24 February and what their plans after the victory are.
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units of humanitarian equipment were purchased


ukrainians were supported

1 500 000

euro allocated for war response package

People who record war crimes

Maria Buchelnikova is a project manager of Ukraine War Archive, one of the key directions of the Docudays NGO. The team has gathered more than 3100 hours of war crimes testimonies and witness interviews.

Docudays became one of the first NGOs supported by the House of Europe. The Docudays team formed the project concept in March 2022. In April, the British organisation Infoscope joined the development of the project, and since May they began the active phase of work. They moved from the idea of an encyclopedia that would highlight the key aspects of the war to the idea of an archive. The project supports all formats, tries to record as many events connected to the war as possible, and cooperates with the media and human rights organisations.

We spoke with Maria about the importance of documenting the war, why we need to download content from the Russian propaganda channels, why the archive has three levels of access, and how materials from the archive can help to hold Russians responsible.
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People who explore metauniverses

Mykyta Hudiakov is a media artist and the leader of the CryptoArt Ukraine NFT-artists community. He is a member of the jury and speaker of the educational part of Hatathon 3.0 NFT Edition 2022 which was co-organised by House of Europe.

Mykyta is a curator of the social NFT project Collective Ukraine and festivals dedicated to VR art. He is also a creator of virtual galleries in metauniverse (4th Block Trienalle) and a media artist in the multidisciplinary performance P.A.N.TER. Usually, Mykyta works with XR, AV, and generative art.

We spoke with Mykyta about the adaptation of the Ukrainian NFT community to the war, the demand for digital artists from Ukraine, and the creation of new artistic NFT diasporas abroad.
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House of Europe is an EU-funded programme fostering professional and creative exchange between Ukrainians and their colleagues in EU countries and the UK. The programme focuses on culture and creative industries, education, health, social entrepreneurship, media, and youth.

This encompasses 20+ separate programme lines: grants, professional trainings, study tours, youth camps, and university exchanges. Following Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine, House of Europe deployed a package of emergency measures worth EUR 1,500,000. Programme is led by Goethe-Institut Ukraine.