“War takes away the best from us”

facebook “is for us today a bulletin board full of obituaries,” says Olena Haluschka, a well-known activist from Kyiv. She is currently traveling in Poland, speaking fluent English on the rule of law and anti-corruption, which is her area of ​​expertise. Only when you ask her about the war do her restless hands show how depressed the situation is for the young woman. “Every time I go on social media, I see: this one is dead, that one is being buried, a third has been wounded.”

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

It’s not just because she has a lot of friends on Facebook. Death also strikes friends in the true sense of the word. “I used to be with the Plast organization, the boy scouts,” says Haluschka. “Eleven people have fallen from our organization since February. After that I studied in Kyiv at the Academy for Managers. Four young men fell from their graduates. Young people who should form the new elite and change this country.”

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