Ukrainian Sailors Struggle with Loneliness and Anxiety Amid Ongoing War

Ukrainian coast guard patrols the "grain corridor" in the Black Sea. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
The charity Stella Maris highlights the growing loneliness and depression among Ukrainian sailors due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Port chaplains report distress among seafarers, especially regarding the fear of forced conscription upon returning home. Access to news online exacerbates anxiety, while long periods at sea impact sailors' well-being.
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Stella Maris, a charity organization, has raised concerns about the increasing loneliness and depression among Ukrainian sailors as the war in Ukraine continues into its third year. Regional port chaplains Charles Stuart and Gregory Hogan have reported a growing sense of distress among Ukrainian seafarers, who fear being drafted into the army upon returning home.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has replaced the initial shock of the invasion with uncertainty and anxiety for sailors. Access to improved Wi-Fi onboard ships has caused increased anxiety as sailors follow news reports about the war, feeling powerless to do anything about it. Many younger sailors are particularly concerned about conscription and feel trapped in their jobs, unable to return home to visit their families.

Despite the geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine, ships calling at UK ports often have both Russian and Ukrainian crew members. The crew members try to maintain professionalism and avoid discussing the conflict to prevent any additional tension onboard. However, Russian crew members also face challenges, with some expressing fear of war and frustration towards their government. Stella Maris continues to provide practical and pastoral care to sailors in over 353 ports in 57 countries, offering support in times of mental health crisis and uncertainty.

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