One year of the Kyiv Independent: it’s all about freedom

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Editorial: One year of the Kyiv Independent. We had to report on the war while going through all the struggles of it together with the rest of Ukraine. What has helped us is a great sense of purpose: we are here to keep the world informed about Ukraine, and to do it with a local perspective.

One year of the Kyiv Independent: stories we’re proud of. 11 November 2022 marks one year of the Kyiv Independent. In our first year, we have become the voice of Ukraine as it fights for its existence. Here is a selection of some of the stories we are proud of. Our work is possible thanks to you, our readers.

The Kyiv Independent: it’s all about freedom. On the way from the loudest international voice of Ukraine to the main English-language publisher in the whole region.

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