Ukrainians in Spain

Text: Fernando Sánches Alonso – XL Semanal

They came to Spain because the social and economical situation in Ukraine became complicated, but they could not have imagined that their country would become the centre of the conflict threatening to destabilise the entirety of Europe.

Pro-European: Yana Palatkina, 16 years old (9 in Spain) 

“Before Maidan, I was ashamed of my country.” 

“I ran away from home because I wanted to be on Maidan,” says this Odesa-born student, who has lived in Madrid with her mother for 9 years. When the protests started, Yana was on vacation in her mother city and she ran to Kyiv, the capital. “I left with my cousin. My parents knew nothing.” She confesses that before the revolution in Maidan, she was ashamed of her country. “I told everyone I was Russian. Today I would give every last drop of my blood to Ukraine. Ukrainian patriots like myself are not fascists. They have to inform themselves before talking and stop insulting us!” Continue reading


TOP 7 Myths About Ukraine Firmly Embedded in the Russian Consciousness

The Top 7 Myths About Ukraine Embedded in the Russian Consciousness. Do you think they’re true too?

Voices of Ukraine

By Roman Dobrokhotov
Translated by Olga Ruda and edited by Voices of Ukraine

In the midst of the information war, it may sometimes be difficult to distinguish real news from the propaganda scares. Numerous myths about Ukraine that are firmly embedded in the Russians’ consciousness are currently being used as a justification for military intervention in Crimea. The following analysis reviews seven of the most prominent myths.

Myth No. 1. In Ukraine, they don’t like Russians and they’ve banned the Russian language

Despite all the tensions that have emerged between the two countries, thus far there have been no examples of attacks against Russians on the basis of national animosity. Moreover, there have been quite a few Russians on Maidan during the revolution, including Russian citizens with Russian flags, expressing their support for the struggle for democratic changes. Some Russian citizens have even spoken from the Maidan stage.

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Russian-speaking Ukrainians to Putin: We don’t want your help or your war!

Russian-speaking Ukrainians to Putin: We don’t want your help or your war!

Voices of Ukraine


By Peter Dickinson,
March 2, 2014 – Business Ukraine magazine

Vladimir Putin is attempting to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine by claiming that he is rushing to the rescue of the country’s oppressed Russian-speaking minority. However, it is becoming increasingly clear than many members of this supposedly oppressed minority neither welcome nor support Putin’s military intervention.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, more and more Russian-speaking Ukrainians are taking to social media and joining public protests in a bid to declare their opposition to the Russian aggression and express their contempt for the distortions being promoted by the Kremlin in order to justify Putin’s military aggression. This increasingly strident and vocal opposition from Russian-speaking Ukrainians undermines Moscow’s publicly stated justification for war, and poses serious questions about the true motives behind Putin’s invasion of…

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A nation that seeks recognition

Voices of Ukraine

Original article in GERMAN could be found here: 

“A nation that seeks recognition”

On the photo: Maidan commemorates the victims of the conflicts

Photo of: Getty Images Europe

Kyiv/Munich – Maryna Mudra witnessed first-hand the fall of Yanukovych’s regime while staying on the Maidan this weekend. The Ukrainian has been living in Germany for already 12 years. She expects from EU first and foremost help in developing democratic institutions in the country.

Ms Mudra, tell us what is the mood on Maidan?

It could be described as being full of expectation. People aren’t sure what is to come now, but they are hoping for the best.

Julia Tymoshenko called out to people to continue staying on Maidan till the power transfer has been fully completed.

People intend to stay anyway independently of any such summons. There is little trust in politicians, that’s why people are determined to monitor the…

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Imagine you are a Ukrainian

anna-colin-lebedevBy Anna Colin Lebedev

Imagine an absolutely ordinary life in a country whose people have endured deep crises for many generations. These crises happen so often that the people have somehow learned to live with them. Crisis or not, life is for living.

Imagine a beautiful country with mountains, forests, fields, a warm sea, a mild climate, and particularly fertile land that you can plant a stick in and it will blossom. At least that’s what your grandmother said.

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