Web Archive Preserves Data Related to Russia's War on Ukraine

March 29, 2022
woman holding stop the war sign

HURI is working with the online archiving platform Archive-It and colleagues at Harvard Library's Slavic department to catalog important online records relating to the war and Ukraine's cultural heritage. 

woman holding stop the war sign


The new "Russia's War in Ukraine" collection seeks to document Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 which resulted in a full-scale war after eight years of military conflict between Russian and Ukraine. Content includes news portals (such as Kyiv Independent, Euromaidan Press, and 24tv), digital library or archive websites with important cultural and historical data (e.g. Institute of History Digital Library, Ukrainian Institute of National Memory), government and civil society websites (e.g. Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, People for UA, Defense UA), documentation of the war and resources for refugees (e.g. Civilian harm in Ukraine, My story of the war in Ukraine, Info Help UA), and social media related to the war (accounts of President Zelensky, Dmitro Kuleba, Vitali Klitschko, Cabinet of Ministers, etc).

The purpose of this project is to make data pertaining to the ongoing war easily available to researchers as well as to preserve important information that could be at risk if Ukraine's internet and digital infrastructure were damaged. 

Archive-It saves 'snapshots' of the websites added to its collection, allowing people to access the site as it appeared at a particular moment in time. Currently, the collection has over 50 websites and over 40 social media accounts, which are captured intermittently as times goes on.

This is an ongoing project. To recommend the inclusion of a particular website or source, please contact Archivist and Bibliographer Olha Aleksic at oaleksic@fas.harvard.edu.