Solovyov’s virtual tours, which he advertises on his Instagram page, have also become a way of coping with current circumstances. He says that during the pandemic and now the war, he missed meeting visiting strangers, some of whom were his most curious attendees. Now he meets them in their living rooms.— The Washington Post
Dmytro Solovyov is different from the many Ukrainian citizen journalists who use social media to inform non-traditional, non-TV-connected audiences from their war-torn home. Initially evacuated to the Western Carpathian region, he began to offer physical and then (on his return to the capital) virtual visits to audiences who described them alternately as “very intimate” or as refuges.
He says he won’t generally offer reviews of bomb-damaged buildings and is working to preserve the country’s stockpile of Soviet-era architecture so it doesn’t fall victim to the terrible cycle of destruction of war, even after the bombings have stopped. “What will our descendants of the 20th century in Ukraine know if we demolished everything? he said. “What are they going to think? That we did nothing?