Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England

Eight Weeks in Ukraine 2023; life during war


Thursday, March 21st, 2024    
1:00 pm


Concord Senior Center
1276 Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts, 01742

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After a two-month stay in Ukraine in 2022, I returned to Ukraine in late September 2023. From the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, I traveled to lzky (in the Carpathian Mountains), to the capital, Kyiv, as well as to the cities of Ternopil and Chortkiv.

As President of Ukrainian Charitable Platform¬† the purpose of the 2023 trip was to continue engaging with Lviv-based Ukrainian Education Platform, a social-educational non-profit, as well as Kviv-based Eleos-Ukraine. Both organizations work through networks of local partner organizations throughout the country, serving the neediest, including internally displaced women and children (IDPs), traumatized victims of Russian aggression.This trip also provided an opportunity to meet with scholarship students at Ukrainian Catholic University’s School of Public Management.

Ukraine is experiencing a massive displacement of its citizenry due to the Russian invasion, now in its 10th year. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as of May 2023, there were approximately 5.1 million IDPs in Ukraine and as of July 2023, 6.2 Ukrainian refugees outside of Ukraine, or approximately 1/3 of the population.

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