Unlike its neighboring Mykolaiv region, Ukraine’s central Kirovohrad region has not been subject to Russian occupation or ground fighting. Located in the center of Ukraine, it is sometimes referred to as the heart of Ukraine. These days, its representatives argue that it’s the volunteer heart of the country. Thankful to its eastern neighbors for holding defense, it has been heavily involved in delivering thousands of tonnes of humanitarian aid to the war-torn areas of Ukraine. Kropyvnytskyi, Kirovohrad region’s centre, has accepted 90,000 internally displaced person’s, constituting nearly a quarter of the city’s population. How is the Kirovohrad region, one of Ukraine’s smallest regions, able to do so much to help Ukraine? Ukraine In Flames #194 explores this.
Svitlana Kravchenko-Bobrynets, deputy head of Maryanivka village community, Kirovohrad region
Oksana Rybchenkova, chief editor of Kirovohrad region’s social-political weekly “Narodne Slovo”
Kateryna Koltunova, co-founder of volunteer center Krop:Hub Kropyvnytskyi