In this extract from Artem Chekh’s book “Absolute Zero”, the author gives an account of his experiences as a soldier visiting a town in Eastern Ukraine affected by the war in Donbas.
If you travel around Ukraine today, you might come across some remnants of the one-time Soviet dream: elaborate mosaic art depicting idealized citizens of the USSR.
Artem Chekh, a Ukrainian writer and veteran of the war in Donbas, talks about his experiences at the front and how they changed his worldview from the bubble of Kyiv.
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other.
In this unpublished translation from Mirosław Wlekły’s “Gareth Jones: The Man Who Knew Too Much”, the journalist recounts his conservations with communists and peasants as he heads from Moscow to Soviet Ukraine.
Maniucha Bikont talks about her travels collecting traditional folk songs in the Polesia region of Central and Eastern Europe.