Photojournalist Alessio Mamo talks about his experience covering the conflict from Lviv in Western Ukraine, 50 miles from the border with Poland, and finds echoes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq that he has covered
For the inhabitants of Lviv, being woken up in the middle of the night by the air raid siren is a warning that, despite being untouched so far by the bombings, the time may also come for them.
In over 10 years of working in countries in conflict this was also a first for me. There are no air raid sirens announcing terrorist attacks in Kabul, just as there are none when Turkish drones bomb the population in north-eastern Syria. But, if there is one thing that makes this war the same as any other in any area of the planet, it is the way it changes people’s faces.
Thousands of Ukrainian refugees, mostly women and children, arrived in Medyka the crossing border between Poland from Ukraine.