Ukrainian frontline cities survive the war: Sumy

Ukrainian frontline cities survive the war: Sumy. Ukraine in Flames #149
From the first days of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, fierce fighting has taken place in the Sumy region (north-eastern part of the country), which borders with Russia. Some of the settlements of the region were the first to meet Russian troops and therefore got under occupation and then were liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Due to the solidarity of city residents, the Ukrainian flag never disappeared from the regional center. Territorial Defense forces armed themselves, confiscated” some specimens of Russian military equipment, and started patrolling entries of the city.

While Russian occupiers were trying to intimidate local residents with columns of military equipment and heavy artillery shellings, they were creating volunteer military formations, which later joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, donating blood for the wounded defenders and doing volunteer work.


  • Alla Fedoryna, associate professor, Journalism and Philology Department, Sumy State University, “Sumy Press Club” NGO coordinator
  • Oksana Kovaliova, Head of the department of journalistic investigations and social issues, Vorskla newspaper, Velyka Pysarivka district, Sumy region
  • Oleksandr Motsnyi, Krasnopillia, “Peremoha” newspaper
  • Ihor Rekun, Association for the Promotion of Self-Organization of the Population “Sumshchyna” NGO.

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