Studying the teachings of Ukraine

Ukraine has been usually known as a laboratory on the subject of international challenges within the spheres of surroundings, info, and safety.

The location of the worst nuclear disaster in historical past, the first goal of the Kremlin’s troll farms and disinformation campaigns, the nation to spark the collapse of the Soviet Union and to face as much as its neo-imperialist successor: Ukraine has been the primary to face and, at instances, set in movement processes which have worldwide penalties. 

Learn: The Kyiv thickets

Learn: Black, while, and colourless.

For the eight years that Russia has waged its undeclared struggle in opposition to Ukraine, the worldwide neighborhood has been appeasing the aggressor whereas fearing a nuclear strike.


For these eight years, Ukrainians have been warning the world a couple of totally different type of nuclear risk: fifteen Ukrainian nuclear reactors, six of them located dangerously near the frontline within the nation’s south-east area of Zaporizhzhia.

The world lastly learnt to pronounce the identify of that area in March, when the Russian navy shelled and occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, the most important one in Europe.

It has now undergone a chilly shutdown following common shelling. Its employees is working beneath the specter of torture and demise by the hands of the occuppiers.

On 19 September, Russia carried out a missile assault on the economic web site of the South Ukraine nuclear energy plant. The missile exploded 300 metres away from the reactors of the second-largest nuclear plant within the nation. 

Radioactive plumes are infamous for disregarding borders: if an accident takes place on the militarised nuclear energy plant, the results wouldn’t be contained inside Ukraine. 

After Russia’s full-scale invasion has compromised the worldwide system of safety, the worth of Ukrainian data and expertise can not be dismissed. The urgency to study from Ukraine is now existential for the remainder of the world. 


Ukraine Lab is a web based writing residency for rising writers from Ukraine and the UK tasked with exploring international challenges via the prism of Ukraine.

The thematic focus of the inventive non-fiction items by Kateryna Iakovlenko and Jonathon Turnbull is the surroundings. They transcend the speedy nervousness associated to Russia’s nuclear terrorism and make clear the environmental points of Ukraine that stay ignored.

The Kyiv thickets drifts via the wild and peculiar inexperienced areas in Ukraine’s capital which can be brimming with political potential. Black, white, and colourless tells the story of the war-ravaged industrial area within the east of the nation via the weather that formed it: coal, salt, and fuel. 

Ukraine Lab is run by the Ukrainian Institute London in partnership with PEN Ukraine and Ukrainian Institute. It’s supported by the British Council as a part of the UK/UA Season of Culture 2022.

You’ll be able to learn The Kyiv thickets and Black, white, and colourless in Ukrainian at УП Життя. Ukraine Lab items specializing in struggle might be printed in MIR On-line whereas the items tackling disinformation will seem in openDemocracy.

This Writer

Dr Sasha Dovzhyk is the particular tasks curator on the Ukrainian Institute London and the curator of Ukraine Lab.


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