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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 Not only it continuously robs us of our agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about Ukraine and Ukrainians.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. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ukrainianspaces/support

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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 Not only it continuously robs us of our agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about Ukraine and Ukrainians.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. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ukrainianspaces/support

    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
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    • 34 min
    mid-season bonus: a love letter to the diaspora.

    mid-season bonus: a love letter to the diaspora.

    Misunderstood, ridiculed, or cast out. The relations between Ukrainians at home and the Ukrainian diaspora have often been rocky. It took another genocide and powerful soul-searching to finally bring them together - like never before. The 44-million family has finally merged into the 66-million one.

    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. 

    Also:


    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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    • 31 min
    mid-season bonus: 2014.

    mid-season bonus: 2014.

    Ukrainians often mention that the ongoing genocide did not start in 2022 but rather has been a slow-burning event since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. Everything that has happened since then is about Russia punishing Ukraine for wanting to be free. If the world did understand the revolution and heard Ukrainians 9 years ago, then maybe we wouldn't be dealing with this catastrophe today. 

    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.

    Also:


    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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    • 35 min
    genia and azamat. qazaqs, we see you

    genia and azamat. qazaqs, we see you

    DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. 

    s3e9 (season finale): The triumph of colonialism is not just about the size of the conquered lands or looted wealth. It is about the success of identity confusion among the colonized people. People who do not know who they are, do not speak their own language, who look down on their own culture and feel embarrassed about their own roots. Ukrainians are not the only nation that can tell you a lot about the violence of Russian colonial assimilation. But the daily sacrifices of Ukrainians fighting off the empire inspire other survivor nations to speak up. For a very special and moving season three finale, we bring Qazaq democracy activist Yevgeniya Plakhina and Qazaq thinker Azamat Junisbai for an episode where we celebrate Qazaq culture, history and Ukrainian-Qazaq solidarity in a defiance to Russia that tried but failed to erase us.

    The tracklist for this episode includes:


    Vesna by DakhaBrakha
    Щастя by Марія Квітка
    Кохала by Марія Квітка
    Qaishy (feat. Krechet) by dudeontheguitar
    Отбасы by G.H.A.D. Bari Biled by Ninety One
    Közimdi Aşam (feat. Steppe Sons) by jeltoksan.
    Байқа by Қайрат Нұртас

    Check out our Patreon for the multimedia lists to decolonize your knowledge about Qazaq culture, history and identity, curated by Yevgeniya Plakhina and Azamat Junisbai for the #UkrainianSpaces family.

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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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    • 1 hr 9 min
    oksana. russian culture is a lie

    oksana. russian culture is a lie

    DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. 

    s3e8: Whenever you are in a museum and see an artist being credited as Russian or mentioned as being born in Russia — there is a massive chance that they are not. Malevych, Repin, Ekster. Many Ukrainian artists are still mislabeled as 'Russian' in most foreign museums, galleries, and art spaces. That is thanks to centuries of Russian colonial imperialism stealing and appropriating indigenous artists. The entire concept of 'Great Russian culture' is a big colonial lie. For this one, we feature Ukrainian art historian and journalist Oksana Semenik, who survived the genocide in Bucha by pure luck. But the Russian empire messed with the wrong Ukrainian — after escaping mass slaughter, Semenik launched a global crusade to decolonize mislabelled Ukrainian art in museums worldwide and reclaim the artists stolen by Russia.

    Check out our Patreon page for the reading list to decolonize your knowledge about Ukrainian art, curated by Oksana Semenik for the #UkrainianSpaces family.

    Also:


    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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    • 53 min
    alim. crimea was never russian

    alim. crimea was never russian

    DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠⁠Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. 

    s3e7: The Crimea region in southern Ukraine (or Qirim, as local indigenous people call it) has been a centerpiece for russian imperial propaganda for centuries. You steal a land, cleanse it from the entire indigenous population, replace locals with settler colonists, rename every settlement, every street, river, and mountain — and soon the entire world is sure that Crimea is somehow 'always been russian.' After Crimea, russians deployed the same occupation formula in countless other lands. They keep using it in modern-day Ukraine, too. To decolonize the Qirim myth and explain why Ukraine won't be free until Qirim is free, we asked the help of Alim Aliev, one of the most prominent Ukrainian Qirimli, deputy director of the Ukrainian Institute, a journalist and human rights advocate. 

    Please, also help Ukrainians to survive the consequences of russia-made flood in southern Ukraine. Check the list of trusted fundraisers the Ukrainian Spaces family members put together.

    SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. We exist thanks to donations: please ⁠⁠⁠become our Patreon sponsor and help us to amplify more Ukrainian voices.⁠⁠⁠

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 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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