Letters From Donbas. Part 5. Viktor Alanov, social worker, Donetsk

It has unfortunately become fashionable to consider that all those who stayed back in the rebel-controlled territories are pro-Russian morons and accomplices of terrorists, that all decent people fled a long time ago. It has become fashionable to state that this “cut-off slice” must be left alone, that there’s no point fighting for it. Let…

Letters From Donbas. Part 4. Pyotr Ivanov, psychologist, Luhansk

Thousands have fled eastern Ukraine since the conflict erupted in April. Some have since returned. Other people chose to stay and tough it out. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service continues to publish…

Letters From Donbas. Part 2. Pyotr Ivanov, psychologist, Luhansk

Residents hide in a shelter in Makeyevka near Donetsk in mid-August. December 11, 2014 Thousands have fled eastern Ukraine since the conflict erupted in April. Some have since returned. Other people never left. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service has…

Letters From Donbas. Part 1. Mykhaylo Vasilyev, pensioner, Luhansk

A man walks past a building damaged in recent shelling in Donetsk’s Kyivskiy district, near the airport, on October 7. December 11, 2014 Thousands have fled eastern Ukraine since the conflict erupted in April. Some have since returned. Other people never left. From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives…

Homophobia, misogyny or both?

Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), pro-Russian terrorist organization that controls part of Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine prohibited smoking for women. The poster on the washroom door at the Donetsk Region Administration occupied by DNR says: Women who smoke are at risk of giving birth to a gay Smoking is prohibited for women Small sign above…

Dialogue as a trustbuilding method in Ukraine

‘Violence in any form is a tragic expression of our unmet needs.’ — Marshall B. Rosenberg A group of facilitators in nonviolent communication held a dialogue between local community representatives and border guards in Donetsk oblast on 16 October. Dialogue is used as a method of communication and trustbuilding in conditions of impending or actual…