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‘Pushed towards poetry’: how one victim of Russian airstrike made sense of attack

Poet and photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind was in Ukrainian restaurant when 13 people were killed and 60 wounded

On 27 June, a Russian Iskander missile struck a bustling pizza restaurant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. The attack claimed the lives of 13 people, including four children, and left 60 others wounded, some critically. The restaurant, a popular spot for local residents and international journalists, was at full capacity when the missiles hit.

Among those present that day was Anastasia Taylor-Lind, a British-Swedish poet and photojournalist, along with her translator and friend Dima. They were in Kramatorsk to document a long-term project funded by the National Geographic Society, which involved reporting on the environmental impact of the war in Donbas.

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