War-related trauma in Ukraine: Part 2

No Ukrainian will ever forget the morning of February 24. The whole nation lost confidence in its future, and it was the first powerful attack of psychological traumatization in the Russian full-scale war. The effects of this trauma can be observed today: people cannot make long-term plans and build their lives only around today or tomorrow. 

While there is almost no difference in the psychological trauma inflicted on the military and civilians at the biological level, there’s a crucial difference in the scenarios of receiving psychotrauma, psychologists argue. The soldiers may experience various conditions, from acute stress disorder to delayed-onset PTSD, and each condition has its own very clear diagnostic criteria. 

No specialist today knows how long it will take the Ukrainian nation to recover from the trauma. However, the severity of traumatization and the duration of processing collective trauma will depend on the way society itself approaches it. Ukraine will have to create a new self in a challenging process of social therapy.

This is the second part of Ukraine In Flames issue dedicated to exploring Ukrainian trauma. Watch the first episode: 📺👈🏻


  • Andriy Fomenko, crisis psychologist
  • Oleh Pokalchuk, social psychologist
  • Kira Weber, consultant in positive psychotherapy and coach who received qualification in Kyiv

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center – https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine.

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians – https://eac.org.ua/en/main-page/.

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

👉🏻 Come back alive – https://bit.ly/3Ct6O2L (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

👉🏻 CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – https://bit.ly/3Svas1G (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

👉🏻 UNITED 24 – https://bit.ly/3M2mXiT (was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

👉🏻 Army SOS – https://bit.ly/3UYK168 (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

👉🏻 Vostok SOS – https://bit.ly/3Ruut75 (raising funds for various needs of the army);

👉🏻 Phoenix Wings – https://bit.ly/3RvWSd0 (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).