Messages from Ukraine
Published: October 2022© 2022
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that dominated headlines around the world. Millions of Ukrainians would flee the country, and a third of the population would be displaced. In the days following the invasion, Swedish migration expert Gregg Bucken-Knapp sent text messages to his Ukrainian colleagues, offering support and assistance. These were their responses.
In a series of graphic vignettes, Messages from Ukraine takes the words of Ukrainian migration professionals and transforms them into snapshots of how war affects the lives of everyday people: those who are forced to flee home and seek safety elsewhere, those who choose to stay and volunteer or fight, those who witness events unfolding from afar, and those who find themselves trapped in cities under siege. Messages from Ukraine captures a moment in time to tell a timeless story about war, displacement, determination, and resilience.
Proceeds from the sale of Messages from Ukraine will go to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, a national charitable foundation that provides humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.
Appendix I: Timeline of Events
Appendix II: Interview with the Authors
Appendix III: Study Guide
“Wonderful art and cartooning, revealing the tragic and profound from a simple sentence or two.” Tom Hart, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rosalie Lightning, Director of the Sequential Artists Workshop
"A creative, dynamic, and moving visual chronicle of the opening days of Russia’s horrific full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Messages from Ukraine focuses our attention where it should be: on the voices of the resilient people of Ukraine. Through diverse testimonials and vivid images, it reminds us why providing ambitious support for Ukraine is a moral imperative."Rory Finnin, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies, University of Cambridge
"Messages from Ukraine brings you closer to the war and to the people living through it. We need more people to read this book."Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Professor of Russian Politics, King’s College London