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Good morning, this is Sophie. After spending a month reporting on the ground in Ukraine, I am now discovering all the amazing stories written by our Ukrainian and Russian colleagues for Ukrainian Stories. But first, UN special representative on sexual violence Pramila Patten gave a worrying yet unsurprising statement on Monday before the UN security council about the “unprecedented” displacement of millions of Ukrainians following Russia’s invasion now “turning into a human trafficking crisis”.

Today I’m looking back at some of the stories we published last week. Our correspondent Nigina Beroeva wrote about Russians who fled their country, while journalist Daria Kotielnikova investigated men abducted in occupied Kherson. Plus, an exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art about the war is now open in Berlin.

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Sophie Woeldgen


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A woman holding a placard reading "I'm Russian, I stand with Ukraine" takes part with others in a protest of Russians living in Switzerland against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Keystone/Michael Buholzer)

‘I cried about Bucha’: Russian journalist Nigina Beroeva recounts the stories of four of her compatriots who fled their country because of the war. Anna, a marketing specialist, 30, from Moscow, claims: “I’m not complaining, I’m howling like a dog cornered on all sides. They took my future away too, and ruined my life. My ability to even dream and make plans have been taken away from me. And there are many of us like that. What should we do? Go back, work, pay taxes that will go on to producing tanks? Have our husbands taken either to war or to prison? Is that what you want?”

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‘Russian woman chooses fresh meat’ by Anton Lohov, at the Alte Münze Art Center, Berlin, Germany. May 2022. (Credit: Anton Lohov)

Contemporary Ukrainian art exhibit on war in Berlin. “The Captured House” features works of contemporary Ukrainian artists, who document the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine and invites viewers to participate in an intercultural dialogue.

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On the agenda

📌 16 June | Diplomacy and the war in Ukraine. This co-sponsored event of The Fletcher School and the Geneva Graduate Institute will host Wolfgang Ischinger, senior professor of security policy and diplomatic practice and Erica Moret, expert on sanctions and humanitarian affairs, to discuss diplomacy within the war in Ukraine.

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