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24/2, February 24th, was the day that Russia began bombing Ukraine at the beginning of its all-out invasion which is now in its eleventh month. Every week Anne Levine interviews someone in Ukraine or from around the world, with a unique perspective on the war. Everyone from a Nobel Peace Prize winner to a military Colonel to an Instagram Influencer turned volunteer for orphaned children is on our show. Interviews conducted by Anne Levine and shows edited by Ursula Ruedenberg.

Ukraine 242 Podcast Anne Levine

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24/2, February 24th, was the day that Russia began bombing Ukraine at the beginning of its all-out invasion which is now in its eleventh month. Every week Anne Levine interviews someone in Ukraine or from around the world, with a unique perspective on the war. Everyone from a Nobel Peace Prize winner to a military Colonel to an Instagram Influencer turned volunteer for orphaned children is on our show. Interviews conducted by Anne Levine and shows edited by Ursula Ruedenberg.

    One Year Later - Sarah Ashton-Cirillo

    One Year Later - Sarah Ashton-Cirillo

    One year after an interview with Ukraine 2 4 2, the first of a two-part interview with Sarah Ashton Cirillo an American journalist who enlisted as a combat medic in the armed forces of Ukraine. She is an American trans woman. During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, she was the only transgender journalist and then the only American female soldier fighting at zero line, the front-most trenches.

    Sarah was hit by a missile on the front. After surgery and extended hospitalization to heal, she was presented with the Armed Forces of Ukraine's commander in Chiefs Golden Cross badge of honor. She was assigned as media director of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and is currently in Kyiv, working as a soldier and an analyst.

    Sarah talks about her new moniker of terrorist given to her by the Russian media, and her job as soldier and analyst, as well as her projections of developments in Ukraines fight, including weapons and Ukraines new military leadership.

    • 29 min
    Mark J. Lindquist Optimism and Humanitarian Aid Two Years In

    Mark J. Lindquist Optimism and Humanitarian Aid Two Years In

    Mark Lindquist is a United States Air Force and Afghan war veteran. Since March of 2022, Mark has lived in Ukraine, which he calls his second home. He is on a self-directed humanitarian mission to voluntarily deliver non-lethal aid directly to Ukrainian civilians. After two years of his aid work, he gives an update. He discusses the nature of how this on-going war has developed, what is needed by Ukrainians to fight effectively, food-aid, and reasons why the US and other Western countries may prefer to delay the resolution of this war. 

    • 29 min
    Poems to the invasion of Ukraine

    Poems to the invasion of Ukraine

    Poetry by: 
    Marianna Kiyanovska
    Karen Khiel
    Nancy Eaton
    Vidma

    Read by Kate Wallace Rogers

    Music:
    Anthem by Leonard Cohen
    Editing by Michael Hill-Levine
    Editing by Ursula Rudenberg

    • 29 min
    UKRAINE 2 4 2 :DR. TARAS KUZIO RUSSIFYING UKRAINE Part II

    UKRAINE 2 4 2 :DR. TARAS KUZIO RUSSIFYING UKRAINE Part II

    Ukrainian/ English political scientist Dr. Taras Kuzio discusses ways that Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian national identity and replace it with militarization and glorification of the Soviet ethos.

    He discusses new textbooks being used to influence children, kidnapping of children, persecution and murder of Ukrainian citizens who facilitate Ukrainian civil society, and the contrived hunt for Nazis in Ukraine. Kuzio also discusses Russias historical antisemitism and the resurgence of Jewish culture in Ukraine.

    Dr. Taras Kuzio is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London. He was the Winner of the 2022 Peterson Literary Prize for his book Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War: Autocracy-Orthodoxy-Nationality (Published by Routledge, 2022)

    • 29 min
    GLOBAL POWER SHIFTS AND ALLIANCES NORTH KOREA - DR. TARAS KUZIO

    GLOBAL POWER SHIFTS AND ALLIANCES NORTH KOREA - DR. TARAS KUZIO

    Ukrainian political scientist Dr. Taras Kuzio discusses the global ramifications of Russias President Putins meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un in far Eastern Russia, early in September. He describes the coalition that is solidifying to support Russias invasion of Ukraine, including China, Iran and Korea, united against the West and their perception of a US-dominated uni-polar world.

    Kuzio also discusses how the war is transforming NATOs orientation, how it has affected Russia on the world stage, post-soviet oligarchic society, and what Russias defeat would mean for its allies and other regimes in the area. He draws a contrast between Russian hierarchical vertical society and Ukraines horizontal society where the military is integrated with citizens acting as volunteers and partisans.

    Dr. Taras Kuzio is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. He was the Winner of the 2022 Peterson Literary Prize for his book Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War: Autocracy-Orthodoxy-Nationality (Published by Routledge, 2022)

    • 29 min
    AMBASSADOR DANIEL FRIED - CORRUPTION - DEMOCRACY - THUGGERY

    AMBASSADOR DANIEL FRIED - CORRUPTION - DEMOCRACY - THUGGERY

    At the beginning of September, Ukrainian Defense Minister was removed in response to allegations of corruption. Former American Ambassador Daniel Fried discusses this removal along with other internal leadership shake-ups, including the death of leaders of the Wagner military group in Russia as well as how Putin's future is tied to the outcome of his invasion of Ukraine and Russia's patterns of leadership succession.

    Fried also discusses Ukrainian and Russian actions and positioning on the world stage, including Africa and Syria, and briefly describes American Presidents Bush and Trump's responses to Putin.

    In his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was a National Security advisor to Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. He helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations.
    Ambassador Fried is one of the U.S. governments foremost experts on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. He is currently a Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy and a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University.

    • 28 min

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