The idea of ​​a comedy night in a country that has been out of shape due to war against a background of blitz-like living conditions and mounting casualties in eastern Ukraine.

But in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, where blackouts and electricity rationing have become a feature of winter life, escapism still requires humor, according to Sky News Ukraine war diarist, Oksana Koshel.

In the latest episode of the podcast, she reluctantly attends a comedy night with her husband and fellow diarist Siva. It’s an experience that brings reflection and perspective, as well as something deeper about war.

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“I never thought it would be easier to live in the midst of so many terrors when you can laugh about them and when you can laugh about yourself, when you make fun of your enemy.”

Oksana has been recording an audio diary of life in a war zone for Sky News since the immediate aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year.

At that time, Oksana’s house was attacked by Russian soldiers. She says goodbye to friends, now seeking refuge in Europe, and listens to a horrifying stream of stories from her army volunteer husband, Siva, detailing missing comrades and atrocities.

Oksana and her partner Seva live in Kyiv.
Oksana and her partner Seva live in Kyiv.

“The situation is really tough on the front lines and we are constantly seeing news and updates about the fighting in the east and south of Ukraine and praying for our boys to return to their families,” she continues. .

“The war is still going on. [but] Of course, life goes on.”

From the creators of Sky News’ award-winning Storycast, Ukraine War Diaries is a weekly podcast that follows those living on and surviving Europe’s new frontline.

Producer: Robert Mulhern

Digital promotion and additional writing: David Chipakopaku

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