On July 1, the heart of the Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina stopped beating in the Mechnikov Hospital in Dnipro. Her life ended due to a missile attack by the russian occupiers on a restaurant in Kramatorsk on June 27, pen.org.ua reported.
Due to the full-scale war of russia against Ukraine, Victoria Amelina became not only a writer. From the summer of 2022, she joined the human rights organization Truth Hounds. Together with the team, Victoria worked as a documenter of war crimes in the de-occupied territories in the east, south and north of Ukraine, in particular in Kapitolivka in the Izyum region, where she found the diary of the writer Volodymyr Vakulenko, who was also killed by the russians.
At the same time, Victoria began work on her first non-fiction book in English, War and Justice Diary: Looking at Women Looking at War, which is soon to be published abroad. In this book, Victoria talks about Ukrainian women who document war crimes and their lives during the war. The writer was also engaged in active advocacy work: she appealed to the governments of other countries to provide weapons to Ukraine, and also demanded justice and the creation of a special international tribunal for all perpetrators of russian war crimes against Ukraine, spoke about the joint anti-colonial struggle of Ukrainians and other peoples of the world.
Victoria Amelina was born on January 1, 1986 in Lviv. During her school years, she moved to Canada with her father, but soon decided to return to Ukraine. In 2007, she received a master’s degree in computer technologies from Lviv Polytechnic University with honors. In 2005–2015, she worked in international technology companies.
In 2014, Victoria’s debut novel “The November Syndrome, or Homo Compatiens” was published. The book was included in the top ten prose publications according to the “LitAccent of the Year – 2014” award. The following year, the novel was republished, and it was shortlisted for the Valery Shevchuk Prize.
Viktoria Amelina’s texts were published in Polish, Czech, German, Dutch and English translations. Recently, the novel “Home for House” was translated into Spanish.
In 2021, Victoria became the laureate of the Joseph Konrad-Kozhenovsky Literary Prize. In the same year, she founded the New York Literary Festival, which took place in the village of New York in the Bakhmut district of the Donetsk region.