Burnt cars in the parking lot of the Retroville trade center, Kyiv, April 3.

Poetic, raw and darkly comical. A Ukrainian author shares her war diary

Updated 5:40 AM ET, Tue April 26, 2022

Olena Stiazhkina is a Ukrainian writer and former history professor at the Donetsk National University. She is the author of "Cecil the Lion's Death Made Sense" and "Zero Point Ukraine." Her words have been translated by Uilleam Blacker, associate professor at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. The views expressed in this commentary are their own. Read more opinion here.

Kyiv (CNN)In Mariupol, a woman drags her dead husband's body into the bullet-ravaged husk of their car. In Kyiv, the statues of ancient philosophers peer out from behind protective scaffolding. Elsewhere, parents write names and phone numbers on their children's backs, in case of the unthinkable.

Since Russia's invasion on February 24, Ukrainian writer and historian Ol