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Kategorie: Faces of the East

Pensioners in Krivyi Rih – nostalgics of the Soviet Union and patriotic Ukrainians

These are Alexandr and Svetlana with her granddaughter Sofia in the centre of their home city Kriviy Rih in Eastern Ukraine. The largely Russian-speaking city is a major iron ore mining hub and the hometown of President Zelensky. During Soviet times, Alexandr was stationed in Kaliningrad in a nuclear rocket…

Stories of the war in Donbas and a pizza restaurant as a save space for veterans

Leonid is co-founder of Veterano Pizza, a restaurant in Kyiv run by veterans of the Donbas war. Over a pizza and beer, he told me his story. “When the Russians infiltrated the Donbas, I wanted to go there and fight immediately. But the army did not take me. I only…

When you cannot return home because separatists think you are a spy

Roman and Masha are living together in a small flat in central Sloviansk. They are both working for the Czech humanitarian NGO „People in Need“, which is supporting the suffering civilian population in the Donbas war. Roman left his hometown Donetsk in July 2014, when the city started to get…

An ethnic Russian in Ukraine: being Ukrainian as a state of mind

Fyodor was a sailor in Soviet times, based in Kherson in the Dnipro delta. He is originally from Russia and his parents are both Russian, but he feels fully Ukrainian now. “Putin tries to convince people that Russian speakers in Ukraine are discriminated against. This is bullshit. Look at me,…