Trying to Make Sense of Ukraine

Carl Sullivan / March 11, 2022

A girl sits with her dog and cat in the Dorohozhychi subway station which has has been turned into a bomb shelter on March 02, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Images from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the past two weeks have haunted us. But to me, the photograph above was one of the most devastating.

Snapped in the Dorohozhychi Metro station in Kyiv, it captures how war utterly shatters the normalcy of life. The forlorn young girl (maybe age 9 or 10) is surrounded by what I imagine are the most important things in her young life: her pets, a stuffed animal, a Minnie Mouse blanket, a backpack, a laptop. What’s missing is a home and the security that every child deserves.

The photographer, Chris McGrath of Getty Images, tells Flipboard he doesn’t know what happened to the girl after he snapped the photo on March 2. Where is she today? What will become of her and her family? Her country?

There are so many unknowns amid the chaos of war. At Flipboard, we are doing our best to help users make sense of a situation that doesn’t make any sense. Our Ukraine Magazine is updated 24/7 with news from trusted global sources. For those who want more in-depth analysis, partners such as ABC News, Business Insider, CBS News, Grid, NBC News, Quartz and Vox are creating Storyboards about the war.

We’ve added Ukraine coverage to our Home navigation so you can easily find it when you open the app or go to flipboard.com. Users who’ve opted in for push notifications will get regular alerts to breaking news and analysis. And we’re including Ukraine stories in our email newsletters, such as 10 for Today.

Flipboard users are hungry for information, as evidenced by the number of people who come to us to catch up on the news from Ukraine. Daily article views in our #Ukraine and #Russia topics — algorithmically curated news feeds — have increased dramatically. Other popular topics include #Russia-Ukraine War, #NATO, #U.N. Security Council, and #Crude Oil Prices.

Outside of the U.S., we are covering the news from an international perspective, including localized content from places in Europe where we have editorial teams such as the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

In all of our work, we not only share the biggest stories but we’re also making it a priority to  feature independent news organizations, especially those with reporters on the ground. Like many platforms, Flipboard has removed RT, which is recognized globally as an organization used by the Russian state to spread government sanctioned propaganda and misinformation.

As painful as the news coverage is, it’s meaningful to see so many journalists reporting from Ukraine. “I don’t think I have covered a conflict that has this many media outlets covering the story,” says McGrath, the photographer. This reporting shapes the world’s response and highlighting it is core to Flipboard’s mission. Stick with us to stay informed, and if you’re inclined to help the people of Ukraine, consider these resources.

—Carl Sullivan, North America managing editor, is co-curating Ukraine Magazine