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Roundtable Presentation: Reporting from the Frontlines of Ukraine
December 18, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Mykola Vorobiov, Ukrainian Journalist Report & Photo by Oxana Parsons, USUF Volunteer Washington, DC, Dec 18, 2014 – We have all been following the crisis and war events in Ukraine for over a year now. Being far from the place where the events happen makes it hard at times to figure out what exactly is going on. That is the reason why, given a chance, we try to talk to someone who has recently visited Ukraine, or lives there, and has a chance to communicate with policymakers and others, regarding the newest and most dramatic events shaping Ukraine’s history. We had a chance to talk today about Ukraine with our very special guest, Mykola Vorobiov, a Ukrainian journalist, who had spent nearly two months reporting on the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. In his presentation, Mykola provided an overview of what he saw in the field and described the current situation in Ukraine. Much of Mykola’s presentation was devoted to information, including statistics, on both sides of the conflict. He informed us about Ukrainian volunteer battalions and their leaders, as well as his journalistic coverage on who is fighting on the pro-Russian side. Mykola also talked about some of the mistakes that were made during the fighting, including the Battle of Ilovaisk, which resulted in many casualties. The presentation was followed by questions from the attendees. Many of them were quite well informed about the situation in Ukraine, which resulted in a very interesting and beneficial discussion on the current events in Ukraine.