These Ukrainians Are Stuck in Antarctica as War Rages at Home

Almost 9,500 miles from Kyiv, the Ukrainian flag flutters above a handful of squat, scattered buildings perched on a half-mile-long island at the very edge of Antarctica. This is Vernadsky Station, Ukraine’s only research base in Antarctica and home to 12 scientists, engineers, and support staff who were nearing the end of a 13-month-long expedition when Russia invaded. Now these polar residents are stuck in one of the most remote spots on Earth while back at home their friends and family take cover in bomb shelters or prepare to fight against the invading Russian forces.

“It’s really agonizing to be here unable to fight the occupation of my homeland,” says

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