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  • Writer's pictureMariah Nimmons

The Privilege of Peace, The Focus on Ukraine

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Updated Resources - November 22, 2023


Support Forces of Ukraine demining. Sign reads: Mines. 17 October 2022. (Mil.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)


KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Kyiv Independent: Newsfeed

  • Novaya Gazeta Europe: Newsfeed

  • The Insider: Newsfeed

 

Kharkiv Region: Rescuers and psychologists from the State Emergency Service continue to provide assistance to IDPs from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. Psychologists from the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv Oblast provided the migrants with the necessary support and relief. 21 June 2022. (Mvs.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)


WHAT'S ON OUR MIND


In addition to our weekly resource update, today we also offer an updated collection of pieces on the Israeli-Hamas war.


As many in our network observe a time of abundance and gratitude, we feel compelled to acknowledge the circumstances under which we celebrate. It is a privilege to know peace at home. This peace is a human right and we remain ardently hopeful that our friends the world over know it soon. This week our collection focuses on Ukraine. We offer resources on that nation’s current challenges and perseverance, the many facets of its reconstruction, and impending shifts within and beyond.


For our Ukraine war curation, we open with three pieces of current news from The Kyiv Post. Challenges arise along the Western border, where Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure claims the Polish truck blockade hinders crucial deliveries of military equipment, fuel, and humanitarian aid despite Polish claims to the contrary. To the east, the publication offers Kyiv’s guidance on how Ukrainians living under occupation can avoid designation as Russian ‘collaborators’. In the capital, perseverance and resilience emanate from the World Food Exhibition, at which many Ukrainian entrepreneurs express renewed hope for the future and determination to persist, despite the dangers of war. The Kyiv Independent heralds the homecoming of an orphaned Ukrainian teenager, deported to live with a ‘foster’ family in Moscow following Mariupol’s occupation, who received a Russian conscription notice ahead of his 18th birthday.


Next, we offer resources on Ukraine’s reconstruction.The Guardian interviews Mustafa Nayyem, the prominent journalist-turned-politician who now heads the State Agency for Restoration of Ukraine. Nayyem discusses the Agency’s work during the war and his vision for the future. Ukrainian architecture firms envisaged promising pilot projects to expeditiously house refugees in the wake of Russia’s invasion, but The Kyiv Independent reports that due to lack of funding and government support, very few have come to fruition.


The Insider offers a sobering look at munitions contamination in Ukraine, now the world’s largest mined territory where, at the current rate, estimates suggest it would take approximately 750 years to clear the country completely. The Kyiv Independent reports on the optimistic outlook of the IFC's Europe Director for Ukraine’s ability to attract private investment for reconstruction efforts. A compelling report from the New Lines Institute lays out a roadmap for addressing post war trauma in Ukraine, where discussion of mental health is far more limited than in the West.


We conclude with impending shifts within and beyond Ukraine. The future of the country’s EU membership is discussed in both the Kyiv Post and The Conversation. The former offers assessment of domestic discourse on and readiness for EU ascension from the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy. The latter outlines potential challenges that lie ahead for both Ukrainian and Moldovan EU bids. The Kyiv Independent publishes a Harvard historian perspective on the temporal misalignment of the current war’s immediacy and the pace of academia, as well the different Western and Ukrainian receptions to his most recent book on the war.


In the overview, Zelensky’s 10-point peace plan explained in greater detail, the current relevance of the Holodomor, lessons from exiled opposition around the world, and an important piece on overcoming compassion fatigue. In the arts, the power of Ukrainian folk art, how Vogue Ukraine got onto war footing, the rumored resignation of the Bolshoi’s director, and imprisoned antiwar artist Sasha Skochilenko’s 19-month saga.


Find these stories and more on the Ukraine war in today’s resource update, along with new curation on the Israel-Hamas War.


 




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