“She loved every day of her life.” Relatives and friends honored the memory of Ukrainian journalist Sasha Kuvshina, who died in Kyiv

Her father, Andrey Kuvshinov, told CNN they always knew Sasha was a “talented girl” with a “love of life,” but an outpouring of messages from her wide circle of friends and colleagues allowed the family to paint a bigger picture. 24 year old.

“Over the past week, dozens of people have contacted us,” Kuvshinov said. “We learned a lot about her that we didn’t know as parents. We saw what kind of person she was.”

Sasha’s many hobbies included media and journalism, which led her to work with the Fox News team covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“What happened was a complete surprise for us, a complete horror,” said her 59-year-old father. “We couldn’t imagine that it was possible.”

Before the war, Sasha led a colorful life, immersing himself in the creative community of the Ukrainian capital and working on a variety of projects, from creating a music festival for up-and-coming jazz musicians to working as a DJ and writing poetry.

Sasha was also a gifted photographer. developed an impressive portfolio which brought together a range of disciplines including street photography, portraiture and abstract work.

“Her biggest dream was to make films in modern formats. Therefore, she was engaged in photography and writing scripts, ”said her father. “She loved and wanted to make films herself and be a producer, to study in this direction. She had five cameras in her house.”

Fox News correspondent Trey Inst worked with Sasha in Kyiv. He wrote a tribute post on Twitter saying, “She was talented, knowledgeable and witty. She liked photography, poetry and music.”
Yonat Freeling, Senior Field Producer, Fox described her as “a beautiful brave woman” who were “fun and kind” and “did a brilliant job” working with their team.

“Thousands of Talents”

As a child, Sasha loved flowers, cats, and her family; her father said she often made people laugh and did things “out of the box”. He said she was very smart, she learned to read at the age of three and learned English from a restaurant menu when they were on family vacation.

Sasha's father Andrei Kuvshinov told CNN that his daughter was

According to him, from an early age she developed into “a person of great self-discipline” and “a person of great principles which she upheld”. She also became fiercely independent, he said, adding that all of her success came from her own hard work and energy.

“I can describe Sasha as a very kind person with thousands of talents,” said Akim Karpacz, 24, who worked with her in merger, a community group that supports and develops jazz musicians. “She did everything to the fullest – she was 100% immersed in every friendship, hobby, job, etc. She was never indifferent.”

“She loved every day of her life and was happy every time I saw her,” he told CNN. “Sasha seemed to know a thing or two about life in this world and is always open to everything it has to offer.”

Among other projects, Sasha worked as a personal assistant at Limelite, a Kiev-based production house that shoots commercials and music videos for artists and brands from all over the world.

“She was one of the brightest people I’ve ever met and she actually had a lot of talent, she was a DJ, she was into music, she took cool pictures on film,” her colleague told CNN. by Limelite Daria Uperenko, 23 years old. “She was active and she really believed in everything she did and gave it all so much energy. [a] very inspiring person.”

Friends and family of Sasha Kuvshinova say that she was fond of photography, music and poetry.
Sasha was also eager to help others, especially those who had suffered since the beginning of the war. She founded an organization called ua.life.deliveryuniting volunteers from all over Kyiv to deliver humanitarian aid to citizens, medical organizations and military personnel.

“It is difficult to describe our pain, it is difficult to realize what it was,” ua.life.delivery said in a statement on its Instagram page. “It was she who brought together caring people of Kiev and created @ua.life.delivery. Sasha has done a lot for our country, and we want to continue her work,” the message says. Thank you, our brave friend.

One of her close friends, Ukrainian MP Svyatoslav Yurash, saw Sasha just days before her death at another friend’s apartment, where they chatted and ate the traditional soup, borscht. He said they first met 10 years ago at an English language camp and later dated before becoming friends.

“I loved her. [A] a decade of happiness and sadness, joy and pain, meaning and loss. Only death could separate us,” Yurash, 26, wrote on Twitter.

In parallel with her work, during the war in Ukraine, Sasha organized a volunteer detachment for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

She was “fun but closed,” he told CNN. “She didn’t party … her true self was in poetry.” She had eclectic musical tastes and he “always looked to her for musical advice”, he added.

Yurash said Sasha went on a dream trip to Italy last summer and “she came back very inspired to be able to live the way she wants to. Small towns, pizza, wine, proper dates.”

An imaginary future made impossible by the war.

‘Live for today’

“I am just one person, so many people across Ukraine lose loved ones every single day,” Yurash told CNN, urging the outside world to pay attention to the latest developments in his country. “Take care of Sasha, take care of Ukraine, take care of our struggle. There will be many more Sashas in Ukraine if you don’t get involved in what matters.”

For Sasha’s grieving father, the loss of his daughter at such a young age prompted him to send a message to other parents about their relationship with their own children.

“Appreciate every minute you have,” he said. “You have to live for today.”

“Pay attention to them,” he added. “Realize that these moments will never happen again.”

Sasha with his father Andrei.  After her death, he encouraged other parents to appreciate the time they spend with their children.

Sasha’s family and friends now cherish the memories of the time spent together and the enduring beauty of Sasha’s work.

About six weeks ago, she wrote a poem in English that she posted for friends on Instagram, some of the last written words of a young woman whose talents live on for those who love her.

This time
When there was only
touch between us
I see the sky ahead
There are no words left for you
I have thousands of lives
To count steps
What will I do for us
I’m holding on tight every moment
Your smile
Between my heart and morning tea
The seconds are burning furiously
My heart is warm
Consonance sounds
Intermission.

Denis Otroshchenko contributed to the preparation of this report.

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