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Good morning, this is Sophie. The Ukraine Recovery Conference kicked off in the Swiss city of Lugano on Monday where Ukrainian, Swiss and European officials aim to define a plan for rebuilding Ukraine, both during and after the war.

Today, I’m looking at some of the stories we published the last days from Lugano, Ukraine and Russia. Our journalist Aylin Elci met civil society leaders and politicians in Lugano to get a better idea of how you hold your country’s government to account when you need a united front against a common enemy. Meanwhile, Kira, who remained in Ukraine at the start of the war, confided in her childhood friend, Yana Sadivska. Censorship, air raid sirens and infidelity of men who’s stayed behind affect her more than the bombings. Plus, our correspondent Nigina Beroeva believes the phantoms of the past are back in Russia.

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Sophie Woeldgen


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The panel on International engagement in the recovery process and accountability at the civil society side event of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano, 4-5 July. (Credit: A.Elci)

How do you hold a government accountable during wartime? With an increase in foreign aid to the government, Ukrainian civil society has to ensure the money is spent wisely. But how do you hold your country’s government to account when you need a united front against a common enemy? Geneva Solutions met civil society leaders and politicians in Lugano to get a better idea.

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International conference focused on Ukraine's reconstruction expected end of summer. The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen who made the trip to Lugano, insisted: “Ukraine will need to make courageous reforms that will have to be carried out together with investors.” This will be the best response to this “absurd war”. According to her, the fight of Ukraine is that of Europe, its values, and a “moral duty”.

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One of the multiple borscht receipe. (Credit: ivabalk/Pixabay)

When a beetroot soup creates geopolitical tensions. Friday, the UN Cultural Agency added Ukrainian borscht on its list of World Heritage in Danger. Kyiv had requested it for several years, but was always met by opposition from Moscow. So why is this thick beetroot soup, widely available in Eastern Europe, the subject of international debate? From Joseph Stalin's attempt to create a common national cuisine to UNESCO’s decision, our Ukrainian correspondent Mariana Tsymbalyuk investigates.

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📌 5 July | Ukraine: Reparations for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. Conflict-related sexual violence is ongoing in Ukraine, with devastating effects on individuals, families, and society. It has however been perpetrated since 2014, in the context of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea. The Global Survivors Fund, together with the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives (EUCCI), Blue Bird and Truth Hounds, published the findings of a study on the Status of and Opportunities for Reparations for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine.

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