Hello my postcrosser friend! You received this postcard and ended up on my website. Now I will explain everything.
I launched this art project so that you and other postcrossers from around the world can join a charity initiative to rebuild the Ukrainian cities most affected by Russian war crimes. It’s simple: choose a city, read its history and decide whether you want to help the inhabitants of this city restore their housing by pressing a button DONATE.
I strongly believe that with the power of Postcrossing we can help hundreds of people return to a normal, peaceful life.
Thank you all from all Ukrainians!
Sergio Rieznyk, ukrainian
During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Irpin became the site of a battlefield engagement during the Kyiv offensive. Russian forces took the Hostomel Airport in the north of the city to facilitate an advance southwards, around Kyiv. The city was shelled by Russian artillery while the Ukrainians were able to repel and destroy multiple forces attempting to move into the town. According to Human Rights Watch, on March 6, 2022, Russian forces bombarded an intersection on a road of Irpin which was used by civilians to flee.
On March 30, the mayor of Irpin said that the Russian military had killed more than 300 civilians and 50 servicemen in the city.
Kherson witnessed heavy fighting in the first days of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. As of 2 March the city was under Russian terrorist control.
On 11 November 2022, Ukraine announced that its forces had entered the city following the Russian withdrawal. Before retreat, Russian army destroyed infrastructure facilities of the city (communications, water, heat, electricity, TV tower).