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  • Youth Platform is Transforming Eastern Ukraine

    "We brought down some Lenins in people's heads," says organizer Yuriy Didula

    Days after Ukrainian forces retook the city of Kramatorsk on July 5, 2014, Yuriy Didula and two colleagues from western Ukraine piled into a car and drove building materials into the city.

    "People in the east felt abandoned by the state," Didula said in a June 25 interview. The 25-year-old manages the Lviv Education Foundation's eastern Ukraine portfolio.

    As a student at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Didula and his colleagues developed an exchange program that brought young people from eastern to western Ukraine for Christmas and Easter. Later, as part of Lviv Education Foundation, they organized a summer leadership camp for Kramatorsk youth. Having established long-lasting friendships with students in eastern Ukraine, Kramatorsk was a natural place to pitch in.

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  • Russia Bans Freedom to Report, Says Top Investigative Journalist

    Russia's Foreign Ministry has banned US investigative journalist Simon Ostrovsky from working in Russia. On June 4, it denied a press visa for Ostrovsky, an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist best known for his coverage of the Ukraine crisis for VICE News.
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  • Corruption, not Russian Tanks, Greatest Threat to Success of Ukraine

    Corruption threatens to derail Ukraine's progress, American and Ukrainians officials agreed at the Atlantic Council's Wrocław Global Forum in Wrocław, Poland on June 13. "There is no issue that is a greater threat to Ukraine's long-term success today than institutionalized corruption," said Geoffrey R. Pyatt, US Ambassador to Ukraine. "It's a bigger threat than Russian tanks."
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  • Here’s How to Ensure Radical Transparency in Ukraine: Install Cameras Everywhere

    On Saturday, June 6, approximately 200 people gathered in the great hall of the Vyshhorod state administration building to welcome home 120 soldiers returning from the war in eastern Ukraine.

    Vyshhorod District Head Alexander Gorgan presented certificates to those soldiers who had completed one year of military service, which entitles them to land, medical care, and preferential hiring. It was by all accounts an ordinary town-and-gown ceremony in Vyshhorod, a small city north of Kyiv.

    But something was clearly different: Gorgan gave his cell phone number to local residents and encouraged them to contact him with their problems.

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  • Father of Recovering Kremlin Critic Vladimir Kara-Murza Says His Son Was Poisoned

    Vladimir Kara-Murza has regained consciousness in a Moscow hospital after falling gravely ill on May 26, and the Russian opposition leader's father now says his son was poisoned.
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  • Russia's Secret Funerals

    Sgt. Leonid Kichatkin of the Russian 76th Airborne Division and Russian soldier Anton Tumanov died in August 2014 while fighting in eastern Ukraine. Their deaths amply demonstrate that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine is false.
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  • War in Ukraine of Global Significance, Says Archbishop

    "To those from outside, [the fighting in Ukraine] may seem like a regional conflict, but that's really not the case," said Archbishop Zoria Yevstratiy of Chernihiv of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Kyiv Patriarchate. 

    In an interview at the Atlantic Council on May 19, Yevstratiy described the situation in Ukraine as unique and of global significance.

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  • Remembering Roman

    Every Memorial Day, friends leave small bottles of Jack Daniel's and an American flag on Roman Kupchinsky's gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Kupchinsky was a warrior, both on and off the battlefield. A man of passion who fought for his ideals with a singular determination, he devoted his life to seeing Ukraine become free. He came of age on the battlefields of Vietnam, but most of his fighting was done not with violence, but with words.

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  • Melinda Haring

    Melinda Haring

    Editor, UkraineAlert

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  • 'Russian Propaganda is Really Working,' Warns Crimean Activist

    Activist Urges US Government to Step Up Efforts in Crimea

    Russia has banned Taras Berezovets from visiting his family in Crimea. His crime: launching Free Crimea, a nongovernmental organization focused on disseminating impartial information about Crimea, in December 2014. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) considers it an extremist organization.

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