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Amplifying diverse Ukrainian voices and decolonizing Ukraine conversations. Discussing Ukraine abroad without a single Ukrainian featured is still a norm. Not only it continuously robs us of our agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about Ukraine and Ukrainians. Amid the ongoing genocide, we nurture a safe, and chill space for Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine to express themselves without the need to fit any foreign labels.

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Amplifying diverse Ukrainian voices and decolonizing Ukraine conversations. Discussing Ukraine abroad without a single Ukrainian featured is still a norm. Not only it continuously robs us of our agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about Ukraine and Ukrainians. Amid the ongoing genocide, we nurture a safe, and chill space for Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine to express themselves without the need to fit any foreign labels.

    Unveiled: The Orange Revolution

    Unveiled: The Orange Revolution

    S4E3

    Before 2004, Ukraine pulsed with a vibrant cultural awakening. Following decades of Soviet suppression, Ukrainian language, music, art, and identity blossomed in a hard-won space. But this renaissance wasn't without its challenges. In this episode, we explore the diverse memories of Ukrainians navigating this crucial period:


    Marichka recalls the Orange Revolution through the eyes of a child, witnessing her mother's passionate activism and the birth of a national spirit.
    Val paints a broader picture, highlighting the Orange Revolution's significance for Ukraine's democratic future and the pushback it received from Russia.
    Stas reflects on a childhood marked by cultural duality, where Ukrainian culture fought for recognition against the dominance of Russian influence.
    Maksym shares a poignant story of bullying for speaking Ukrainian, revealing the lingering scars of colonial self-hate.

    Through their accounts, we witness the complexities of cultural decolonization, the resilience of Ukrainian identity, and the ever-present shadow of Russian interference.

    DISCLAIMER: This is a public release. Our Patreon family gets the newest episodes several weeks ahead of the rest. ⁠⁠Sign up and listen as the season's story unfolds.⁠⁠

    Ukrainian Spaces is more than a podcast; it's a movement. It's about reclaiming the narrative, breaking free from outdated stereotypes, and understanding the complex roots of Ukraine's present and future. Together, we can unravel the threads of Ukrainian history and witness the unwavering spirit of a nation fighting for its future. Follow Ukrainian Spaces on social media for updates and exclusive content.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — ⁠⁠⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor⁠⁠ or bring a friend if you already are (a free trial is available.) 

    GET FEATURED: ⁠⁠⁠⁠send us a voicemail⁠⁠⁠⁠

    GET CONNECTED: ⁠⁠⁠⁠ukrainianspaces.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ _ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠ _⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠_


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    • 37 min
    Unveiled: Ukraine's Renewed Independence

    Unveiled: Ukraine's Renewed Independence

    S4E2

    On August 24th, 1991, Ukraine celebrated a moment etched in history: its independence from the Soviet Union. It was a culmination of centuries of struggle for freedom, a renewal of a spirit that had been suppressed for too long.

    This episode of Ukrainian Spaces delves into the complex story of Ukraine's regained independence. We hear personal reflections from the hosts, exploring how their families and communities experienced this pivotal moment. Through their stories, we discover the challenges and triumphs of rebuilding a nation, the echoes of history that continue to resonate, and the unwavering spirit of a people determined to be free.

    DISCLAIMER: This is a public release. Our Patreon family gets newest episodes several weeks ahead of the rest. ⁠Sign up and listen as the season's story unfolds.⁠

    Ukrainian Spaces is more than a podcast; it's a movement. It's about reclaiming the narrative, breaking free from outdated stereotypes, and understanding the complex roots of Ukraine's present and future. Together, we can unravel the threads of Ukrainian history and witness the unwavering spirit of a nation fighting for its future. Follow Ukrainian Spaces on social media for updates and exclusive content.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — ⁠⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor⁠ or bring a friend if you already are (a free trial is available.) 

    GET FEATURED: ⁠⁠⁠send us a voicemail⁠⁠⁠

    GET CONNECTED: ⁠⁠⁠ukrainianspaces.com⁠⁠⁠ _ ⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠ _⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠_


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    • 40 min
    Unveiled: Echoes of Chornobyl

    Unveiled: Echoes of Chornobyl

    S4E1

    For many Ukrainians born after 1986, Chornobyl wasn't just a history lesson. It was a silent shadow cast over their lives. This episode delves into the personal stories of three Ukrainians grappling with the legacy of the world's worst nuclear disaster. From childhood memories of dosimeters and secret evacuations to the lingering distrust of authority and the ongoing environmental impact, we explore how Chornobyl continues to shape Ukraine's identity.

    DISCLAIMER: This is a public release. Our Patreon family gets the newest episodes several weeks ahead of the rest. ⁠Sign up and listen as the season's story unfolds.⁠

    Ukrainian Spaces is more than a podcast; it's a movement. It's about reclaiming the narrative, breaking free from outdated stereotypes, and understanding the complex roots of Ukraine's present and future. Together, we can unravel the threads of Ukrainian history and witness the unwavering spirit of a nation fighting for its future. Follow Ukrainian Spaces on social media for updates and exclusive content.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — ⁠⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor⁠ or bring a friend if you already are (a free trial is available.) 

    GET FEATURED: ⁠⁠⁠send us a voicemail⁠⁠⁠

    GET CONNECTED: ⁠⁠⁠ukrainianspaces.com⁠⁠⁠ _ ⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠ _⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠_


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    • 41 min
    Season 4 Premiere: How it all started.

    Season 4 Premiere: How it all started.

    S4E0

    What made four total strangers connect in those first few paralysing months of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine?  This season, Ukrainian Spaces embarks on a personal odyssey through defining moments in Ukrainian history with Val, Maksym, Stas and Marichka. From the haunting aftermath of Chernobyl to the spirit of resistance ignited by the Maidan Revolution, we explore how the past shapes the present and what unites us as Ukrainians in the face of unimaginable challenges.

    DISCLAIMER: This is a public release. Our Patreon family gets newest episodes several weeks ahead of the rest. Sign up and listen as the season's story unfolds.

    Ukrainian Spaces is more than a podcast; it's a movement. It's about reclaiming the narrative, breaking free from outdated stereotypes, and understanding the complex roots of Ukraine's present and future. Together, we can unravel the threads of Ukrainian history and witness the unwavering spirit of a nation fighting for its future. Follow Ukrainian Spaces on social media for updates and exclusive content.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — ⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor or bring a friend if you already are (a free trial is available.) 

    GET FEATURED: ⁠⁠send us a voicemail⁠⁠

    GET CONNECTED: ⁠⁠ukrainianspaces.com⁠⁠ _ ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠ _⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠_


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    • 18 min
    olek: our ukrainian identity, explained

    olek: our ukrainian identity, explained

    podcast premiere episode: a jewish-ukrainian president and a korean-ukrainian governor emerge as key leaders in the ukrainian liberation war. perfect timing to decolonize your views about what it means to be a ukrainian. spoiler: it has nothing to do with ethnicity, race, or language. our featured ukrainian is oleksandr shyn, a civil society diplomat and activist

    SUPPORT: #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

    GET FEATURED: you can also send us a voicemail

    GET CONNECTED:

    find #UkrainianSpaces on ukrainianspaces.com _ twitter _insta_

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    Val’s twitter and Insta and tiktoks

    Maksym’s twitter and insta and tiktoks


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    • 54 min
    mid-season bonus: owning stupid stuff we said about Ukraine

    mid-season bonus: owning stupid stuff we said about Ukraine

    From victim-blaming and thinking that Russia is the language of smarter people to advocating against arming Ukraine. In our third bonus episode, available exclusively to our Patreon family, the #UkrainianSpaces team is bringing you a cringe-fest full of embarrassing things we said and thought about Ukraine and Ukrainianness. Be patient with us. One can measure the supremacy of a colonial empire in the number of lands it conquered and pillaged. But the real triumph happens in the heads of the people it conquered and conditioned to feel inferior. Sharing the stories of our own personal decolonization journeys will help you to understand Ukraine better. And it will help us to heal.

    A while ago, we started treating ⁠⁠our Patreon family⁠⁠ with exclusive #UkrainianSpaces bonus episodes during which our team (Valeriia, Maksym, Solomiya, and Tetyana) answers the questions from our Patreon community. Now, we are releasing some of them to the public while working on a new season. 

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    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — ⁠⁠⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor⁠⁠ or bring a friend if you already are (a free trial is available.) 
    GET FEATURED: ⁠⁠⁠⁠send us a voicemail⁠⁠⁠⁠
    GET CONNECTED: ⁠⁠⁠⁠ukrainianspaces.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ _ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠ _⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠_. Val’s ⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠ ⁠⁠⁠and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Insta⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠⁠. Maksym’s T⁠⁠witter⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Insta⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 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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