Ukrainian soldier Vasyl Kovbel, 62


Ukrainian soldier Vasyl Kovbel, 62, has been serving in the Ukraine war for more than a year. He has two children and six grandchildren. An artist, he was ostracized in the Soviet Union for religious imagery in his paintings. In combat, he draws strength from doing what he can to protect the younger soldiers.

“The war has made me believe in God even more,” he told me. “Life will go on. There is no better medicine than love. I tell my family that. Love can solve anything.”