Stories from Ukraine

Living on the Frontline of Ukraine’s Forgotten War

16th April 2018

Natasha checking in on her farm animals. Photo: Megan Birot As the war in Ukraine’s East enters its fourth year, with no prospect for peace; the people leaving near the frontline of the protracted conflict remain at its mercy. Natasha Titova holds her hands up and counts her fingers. “Seven times,” she shouts, that her […]

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The value of independence: How Ukraine struggles to remain Ukrainian

16th April 2018

A selection of hryvnia notes which each depict an important historical Ukrainian such as Bohdan Khmelnytsky the first Hetman of Ukraine on the 5 hryvnia note. Photo: Cathal Charker   Following two decades of economic decline and four long years of war, how do Ukrainians feel about independence? 26 years. 26 long troublesome years of […]

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Bearing the Brunt of Civilisation

11th April 2018

This is Mashutka, a brown bear from the Four Paws Domazhyr Sanctuary. Photo: April McLennan.   The brown bears of Ukraine have been the victims of abuse for numerous years. But with the country turning their back on Russia and moving towards the European Union, their future is beginning to look more bright.  Mashutka paces back and forth in her spacious enclosure, […]

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Ukrainian government fails youth

11th April 2018

Students supporting the Euromaidan, with demands of European values in Ukraine, specifically educational. Photo: Commons   With the current government reigning in Ukraine, students are feeling hopeless and uninspired. The political climate is harsh and one of the more specific examples of this is the way in which education is impacted “When we are talking […]

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How Ukraine is Winning It’s Longest Running Battle-HIV

11th April 2018

Valeriia at the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV office in Kiev. Photo: Megan Birot While Ukraine remains the country with the highest HIV prevalence rate in Europe, it is breaking ground in the battle against the virus. It was over the phone Valeriia Rachynska was told her life would take a new turn. […]

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East vs West: how Ukraine is being pulled apart and used by its neighbours

8th April 2018

The world’s third busiest McDonald’s located in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Photo: Cathal Charker Ukraine is a country being split apart by not just internal strife but external powers as well. What does it mean to live on the edge of two very different superpowers? Due to its location in Eastern Europe, Ukraine is […]

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Dancing the Pain Away

8th April 2018

Photo: Alexander Piguz  Former DJ for PRIZMA, a group that organises raves in the Donbass region The youth in the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine, have nothing to wake up for in the morning, so they decided not to go to sleep.  In a region plagued by death, decay and destruction, lies a secret community that has […]

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Ukraine’s Forgotten Children Find More Than Shelter in Odessa

5th April 2018

Children from a shelter in Odessa. Photo: Mission Odessa They’re the unlikely casualties of a country at war and plunged into recession, but Ukraine’s children are not forgotten nor forfeited. In Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea, a small shelter solely run by volunteers is giving children displaced by the conflict in the […]

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Running away from human trafficking

4th April 2018

Part of a 2014 art installation in nine locations in Ukraine titled, ‘Invisible in Plain Sight’ which seeks to raise awareness about trafficking and tell the stories of victims who often remain unseen. Photo: International Organisation for Migration Since 1991, over 160,000 people in Ukraine fell victim to human trafficking. La Strada Ukraine is on […]

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