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amplifying ukrainian voices and decolonizing ukraine conversations. we see millions of ukrainians with perfect english sharing their stories across all social media platforms. yet, the conversations about ukraine are still dominated by foreign, mostly white, and mostly male folks. not only it continuously robs ukrainians of their agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about ukraine and ukrainians. we want to foster a relaxed, safe, and chill space for ukrainian voices to express themselves without needing to fit into foreign boxes Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ukrainianspaces/support

#UkrainianSpaces #UkrainianSpaces

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amplifying ukrainian voices and decolonizing ukraine conversations. we see millions of ukrainians with perfect english sharing their stories across all social media platforms. yet, the conversations about ukraine are still dominated by foreign, mostly white, and mostly male folks. not only it continuously robs ukrainians of their agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about ukraine and ukrainians. we want to foster a relaxed, safe, and chill space for ukrainian voices to express themselves without needing to fit into foreign boxes Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ukrainianspaces/support

    Season 3 premiere: big decolonization energy

    Season 3 premiere: big decolonization energy

    Thanks to our generous Patreon family, #UkrainianSpaces is back for season three. For this one, we feel big decolonization energy and tried something completely new - a live-audience show. Recorded in late February in Warsaw, a sold-out event featured brilliant Ukrainians like:


    Mariam Naiem, a prominent Ukrainian artist and researcher working on mainstreaming global understanding of the colonial and racial aspects of Russian culture concerning Ukraine and other peoples colonized by Russia.
    Alice Zhuravel, a Ukrainian artist and the founder of the Tozhsamist storytelling initiative.
    Yulia Krivich, a Ukrainian artist behind SDK "Słonecznik", a Ukrainian Solidary Community Center in Warsaw
    Marichka Buchelnikova and Stas Olenchenko of the Ukraine Explainers storytelling initiative, a leading outlet for educating foreigners about Ukraine in social-media-friendly formats.
    Julia Tymoshenko, a leading Ukrainian storyteller, and social media influencer educating the world about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    Enjoy part one. This show reminds the world that:


    Ukraine will win
    Ukraine will rebuild
    Russian colonialism will end
    Any forms of colonialism and imperialism will fall
    Ukraine will stand diverse, and free.

    Слава Україні!

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    • 42 min
    S2 finale: 9 ways Ukraine will inspire you

    S2 finale: 9 ways Ukraine will inspire you

    It has been the worst year for every Ukrainian. In a way, it also has been the best one. Those Ukrainians who survived through it are transformed forever. Despite the trauma, pain, and heartbreak, they keep dreaming, creating, and daring. There are millions of Ukrainian stories that can inspire anyone to live in a better world and to be a better person. But for the season two finale, we decided to keep it within the close family and feature 9 Ukrainians and how they withstood the darkest, coldest winter of our lives.

    The episode features: Solomiya Petlyak, Mariam Naiem, Stas Olenchenko, Maria Buchelnikova, Romeo Kokriatski, Tetyana Denford (Bisyk) and Alice Zhuravel. 

    SUPPORT US: #UkrainianSpaces is 100% independent, volunteer and listener-supported initiative. If you like us, please become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices

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    • 54 min
    here's why anti-ukraine disinfo gets traction in the west

    here's why anti-ukraine disinfo gets traction in the west

    Russian-backed conspiracies about Ukraine and Ukrainians might come across as bizarre, entertaining, or even funny. But every piece of anti-Ukrainian propaganda shared abroad, even if accidentally or as a hate share, has a specific price in actual Ukrainian lives. That's why Ukrainians take so seriously the work on the information frontline, and it is universally regarded as important as defending our freedom with actual weapons in the trenches. Mark Kaplan, our featured Ukrainian for this episode, might have a reputation as a funny journalist ridiculing Russian propaganda for a late-night show on Telebachennya Toronto. But he also developed one of the brightest and smartest understandings of how anti-Ukrainian disinformation gets picked up in the West and why it happens. 

    SUPPORT US, PLEASE: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. If you like us, please become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices

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    • 50 min
    things you keep getting wrong about ukraine

    things you keep getting wrong about ukraine

    This is not the first time russia is trying to eradicate Ukrainians. This is not the first time fascism is trying to wipe an entire nation from the face of the Earth, either. Nevertheless, there has never been so much global unity when it comes to helping Ukrainians like today. But does it mean that we are finally learning our 'never again' lessons? Let's do a quick rundown of things foreigners historically always get wrong about Ukraine and whether they are still mainstream. Our featured Ukrainian is Andrea Chalupa, a prominent Ukrainian-American journalist, author and the person behind an absolute must-see Holodomor movie Mr. Jones. 

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is 100% independent, volunteer and listener-supported initiative. If you like us, please become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices

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    GET CONNECTED:

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    • 52 min
    how to talk to ukrainians without colonial tropes

    how to talk to ukrainians without colonial tropes

    When Ukrainians express discomfort by being pushed into a space with a russian person without consent, some foreigners label it 'hatred' or 'russophobia.' When Ukrainians talk about centuries-old pattern of serial abusive behaviour of Russian society towards the neighbours, we are dismissed as 'emotional' and 'hysterical.' Could it be just a lack of empathy or education? Lia Dostlieva, a Ukrainian artist, anthropologist and our featured Ukrainian for this episode, want you all to recognize in this attitude the old Western colonial tradition of marginalizing 'uncomfortable' voices. Together we decided to do a small workshop on how to talk and listen to Ukrainians without falling into colonial tropes.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is 100% independent, volunteer and listener-supported initiative. If you like us, please become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices

    GET FEATURED: you can also send us a voice mail

    GET CONNECTED:

    find #UkrainianSpaces on ukrainianspaces.com _ twitter _insta_

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    • 47 min
    ukrainian music as resistance. zbaraski edition

    ukrainian music as resistance. zbaraski edition

    Through centuries of colonial oppression, music remained a secret superpower for Ukrainians to keep their resistance up. The ongoing genocide is no different. Ukrainian music artists have been creating breathtaking art that keeps our spirits up and inspires not to give up. For this one we feature Zbaraski, one of our favourite Ukrainian musicians, to explain deep anti-colonial roots of Ukrainian music and where Ukrainian artists find the inspiration and energy to keep creating in the ultimate act of resistance. 

    Music featured:


    Zbaraski - Всі навколо метушаться
    Аква Віта - Я жду
    Zbaraski - Bo ty
    Zbaraski - Dyvni Dyva
    Zbaraski - U horakh
    Jamala - Сину
    Назарій Яремчук - Посміхнулась ти
    Zbaraski - Cofein
    Zbaraski - Bo Togo

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is 100% independent, volunteer and listener-supported initiative. If you like us, please become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices

    GET FEATURED: you can also send us a voicemail

    GET CONNECTED:

    find #UkrainianSpaces on ukrainianspaces.com _ twitter _insta_

    follow Val and Maksym

    Val’s twitter and Insta and tiktoks

    Maksym’s twitter and insta and tiktoks


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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Area Child Psychiatrist ,

Amazing work!

As an English speaker it is very easy to stay informed about daily progress of the war, and fairly easy to find content about Ukrainian history. The part that’s missing for us is.. everything else! This podcast helps to understand present day Ukraine by hearing what Ukrainians are thinking, writing, and talking about. The moderators have wonderful questions and I love their tradition of having guests introduce themselves.

Kacedude ,

Really important Ukrainian perspectives

Maksym and the crew are providing the world a crucial public service with this podcast.

I don’t know what its going to take to get more people to see Russia as just another European colonial empire but telling the truth and sharing stories about it is one way to start.

I may be an American but I have a Ukrainian last name. I can’t tell you how many times I’d introduce myself to people, tell them my name and they’d say, “What kind of name is that, Russian?”

It’s time to decolonize Ukraine. Ukraine must win. It’s also time to decolonize our mental picture of Russia (and the Soviet Union) as well.

Everybody around the world should listen to this show and do what they can to help.

Affodill ,

Really Interesting Conversations

These are honest and insightful discussions on a wide variety of subjects related to Ukraine and Ukrainians. Not only do they provide an opportunity to understand Ukraine better, but the thought-provoking conversations helped me reflect on world history and even my own identity in a new way. The recent episode with South Sudanese thinker Peter Ajak Blair was mind blowing! Thank you.

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