War in Ukraine: lonely funeral of a young soldier in Ukraine

For some time last year, from July to October, they were reunited when Kotenko was in Lvov. They ran together on the weekends and trained together. It was a happy time. On December 31, their families got together to celebrate the New Year, and about a month later Kotenko came to Lviv to visit Yarovenko before being sent south for an operation. They stayed late, had a few drinks and talked. Russian troops were massed along Ukraine’s borders, awaiting orders to invade, but life in Lvov was normal, and that night the war seemed far away.

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