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Good morning, this is Sophie. Yesterday, a Russian missile hit a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, killing at least 10 people and wounding 40.

Today, I’m looking back at some of the stories we published last week. Our correspondent Mariana Tsymbaliuk spoke to Yaroslav Korytchuk, historian and director of the Stepan Bandera museum about Ukraine’s controversial nationalist figure. Meanwhile in Russia, Ivan Zhilin interviewed three opponents facing repression but refuse to leave the country. Plus, Oleksandra Ambroz wrote about an IT specialist who raises 20,000 euros a month for the Ukrainian health sector

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Sophie Woeldgen


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Different nationalist parties rallied to mark the 111th anniversary of Stepan Bandera's birth. Kiev, Ukraine, 1 January 2020. (Credit: Keystone/EPA/Serguey Dolzhenko)

Who was Stepan Bandera, Ukraine’s controversial nationalist figure? Revered by many as a national hero who fought Soviet domination, and as a fascist responsible for killing tens of thousands by others, Stepan Bandera remains a deeply divisive figure in Ukraine. Ukrainian journalist Mariana Tsymbaliuk spoke to Yaroslav Korytchuk, historian and director of the Stepan Bandera museum in Ivano-Frankivsk. Korytchuk’s views represent those of many Ukrainians.

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Yevheniya Sydorova didn’t know anything about medicine before the war. (Credit: Oleksandra Ambroz)

How one IT specialist raises 20,000 euros a month for Ukraine. “I was horrified with the situation,” Yevheniya Sydorova recalled. “Imagine a seriously injured soldier during combat who survives all the way into government-controlled territory, arrives at a hospital, only to be told there is no medication. I just thought: ‘how could that happen?’ You make it to the hospital alive, but you die there because there’s no ‘Albuven’.”

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On the agenda

📌 4-5 July | Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano. Switzerland is co-organising the conference with Ukraine, to launch rebuilding efforts through a broad political and diplomatic process. The conference is expected to attract international delegations as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society.


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