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About the Museum

Museum of Civilian Voices is the world's largest collection of stories of the civilians who suffered from the War in Donbass

Mission of the Museum

The mission of the Museum is to collect, organize and share the stories of civilians of Donbass, using this resource to better understand life in conflict, for a better future.

Museum goals

Provide an opportunity for self-expression to civilians of Donbass

Raising awareness of the Ukrainian and international community by learning about the conflict first-hand

Promote the psychological well-being of civilians of Donbass

Museum collection: history of creation

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has unique stories because we work in the hottest spots — difficult and dangerous areas where no one else wanted to go to. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has not just helped people survive the War in Donbass over these years, it has rendered support and hope for the people. We have been close to the civilians all these years, and they know that they are not alone.

Based on people's stories, we have created and continue to add a unique virtual archive, the largest in the world concerning this topic. 

Museum of Civilian Voices is an unprecedented documentary project that aims to tell the world about the fate of civilians whose lives were forever divided by the War in Donbass into before and after.

The stories and the collected materials form a unique base for historians, researchers, journalists, as well as for creating documentaries and feature films, writing books, and creating other projects that will help preserve history as it is.

Museum slogan

Recording the past and present for a better future

  Museum of Civilian Voices – project's team

Iryna Blazhan

Project and Program Chief Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

Andrii Mishchenko

Project Manager of the Museum of Civilian Voices 


Olga Guk

Editor-in-Chief of projects of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


Oksana Boiarynova

Project and Program Manager of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


About the Museum

To be honest I admire the idea of the Foundation to create such a Museum and make the voices of peaceful people heard. It is a very crucial project.

We record the stories of Civilians in order to pass them on to future generations. So that they understand what a nightmare an armed conflict can be. 

I believe that the Museum has a very promising potential. The impression I got from it is exceptionally positive. I am amazed at the amount of work done and wish you best of luck. 

Pablo Mateu

Head of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees

I would like to express my gratitude to those who worked on the project. This is a very ambitious initiative, almost unprecedented for our country. Speaking globally, there are very few examples.

A thousand stories have already been collected, which means huge success. The goal is very noble, so I wish you best of luck.

Anton Drobovych

Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory

The activities the Foundation does is very important. Civilians who live in the conflict zone deserve to be heard. Their testimonies will help us study this conflict.

Alex Lenaerts

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium to Ukraine

War is something you want to forget with your soul and brain. It is very hard, though. But if we forget it, it might never end or happen again.

The Museum provides us with the opportunity to listen to the stories of these people. So that people don't forget what we have to deal with. So that everyone thinks about what he or she can do to make this story stop. How he or she can help the people that the Foundation has been helping all this time.

Musa Mahomedov

People's Deputy of Ukraine

This particular Museum is absolutely unique within the Ukrainian context. There were single surveys, in-depth interviews done by researchers before that. However, they don't often become public.

This is a unique opportunity to talk about the war not in high-sounding words from the standpoint of political parties, but to talk about the war with the local population, who experienced it in 2014-2015 and are still experiencing it.  

This is evidenced here and now and not 40 years later. We live in the time of a modern history being written right now. 

Yevhenii Monastyrsky

Historian, migrant from Luhansk, advisor of the Museum of Civilian Voices

About the Foundation

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is the largest personal charitable initiative in Ukraine. Today the Foundation is implementing three large-scale programs: Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives, Rinat Akhmetov – Here to Help and Rinat Akhmetov – Children.

Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. This program includes the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is implementing one of the most ambitious projects to help in the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine. Within the framework of this program, the efforts and resources of all Rinat Akhmetov's businesses integrated into the SCM group have been consolidated. A key element of assistance to the country within the framework of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine was the purchase of over 200 modern ventilators for state hospitals.

Earlier, according to the personal decision of Rinat Akhmetov, the project 200 ambulances for Ukraine was implemented within the framework of the Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives program. In a record-breaking six months, state medical institutions in all regions received 200 special equipment with the most modern equipment capable of overcoming off-road conditions. Including 22 machines with artificial lung ventilation devices for newborns. This is the largest contribution of one philanthropist to the state medicine of Ukraine for the entire period of independence of our country.

The program Rinat Akhmetov – Children includes dozens of projects from the rehabilitation of injured children to the fight against orphanhood and its consequences. This includes assistance with medications, operations, special medical equipment, innovative implants, physical/psychological rehabilitation, examinations, and assistance to be adopted. The project made it possible to find families for almost 10,000 children!


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