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Welcome to the Zhanel podcast, where amazing things happen. Cover art photo provided by Robert Katzki on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@ro_ka
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Ukrainian Spaces

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Amplifying diverse Ukrainian voices and decolonizing Ukraine conversations. Discussing Ukraine abroad without a single Ukrainian featured is still a norm. Not only it continuously robs us of our agency, but it also perpetuates outdated, misleading, and false narratives about Ukraine and Ukrainians. Amid the ongoing genocide, we nurture a safe, and chill space for Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine to express themselves without the need to fit any foreign labels.
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S4E3 Before 2004, Ukraine pulsed with a vibrant cultural awakening. Following decades of Soviet suppression, Ukrainian language, music, art, and identity blossomed in a hard-won space. But this renaissance wasn't without its challenges. In this episode, we explore the diverse memories of Ukrainians navigating this crucial period: Marichka recalls t…
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S4E2 On August 24th, 1991, Ukraine celebrated a moment etched in history: its independence from the Soviet Union. It was a culmination of centuries of struggle for freedom, a renewal of a spirit that had been suppressed for too long. This episode of Ukrainian Spaces delves into the complex story of Ukraine's regained independence. We hear personal …
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S4E1 For many Ukrainians born after 1986, Chornobyl wasn't just a history lesson. It was a silent shadow cast over their lives. This episode delves into the personal stories of three Ukrainians grappling with the legacy of the world's worst nuclear disaster. From childhood memories of dosimeters and secret evacuations to the lingering distrust of a…
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S4E0 What made four total strangers connect in those first few paralysing months of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine? This season, Ukrainian Spaces embarks on a personal odyssey through defining moments in Ukrainian history with Val, Maksym, Stas and Marichka. From the haunting aftermath of Chernobyl to the spirit of resistance ignited by the Mai…
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From victim-blaming and thinking that Russia is the language of smarter people to advocating against arming Ukraine. In our third bonus episode, available exclusively to our Patreon family, the #UkrainianSpaces team is bringing you a cringe-fest full of embarrassing things we said and thought about Ukraine and Ukrainianness. Be patient with us. One…
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Misunderstood, ridiculed, or cast out. The relations between Ukrainians at home and the Ukrainian diaspora have often been rocky. It took another genocide and powerful soul-searching to finally bring them together - like never before. The 44-million family has finally merged into the 66-million one. A while ago, we started treating ⁠our Patreon fam…
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Ukrainians often mention that the ongoing genocide did not start in 2022 but rather has been a slow-burning event since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. Everything that has happened since then is about Russia punishing Ukraine for wanting to be free. If the world did understand the revolution and heard Ukrainians 9 years ago, then maybe we wouldn't be d…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e9 (season finale): The triumph of colonialism is not just about the size of the conquered lands or looted wealth. It is about the success of identity confusion among the colonized people. Pe…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e8: Whenever you are in a museum and see an artist being credited as Russian or mentioned as being born in Russia — there is a massive chance that they are not. Malevych, Repin, Ekster. Many …
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠⁠Patreon family⁠⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e7: The Crimea region in southern Ukraine (or Qirim, as local indigenous people call it) has been a centerpiece for russian imperial propaganda for centuries. You steal a land, cleanse it f…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠Patreon family⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e6: Celebrated by some but used by others as an excuse to deny Ukrainians solidarity or even justify their mass murder. The topic of Ukrainian nationalism is divisive but, above all — profoun…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠Patreon family⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e5: 'My mother tongue tastes like ashes. Things scorched by enemy fire, then soaked with rain, touched with rot, smelling of death. I felt the taste of my mother tongue most acutely while dri…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠Patreon family⁠ gets the episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e4: During the latest mass pro-democracy protests in Sakartvelo-Georgia, you could see Ukrainian flags and hear 'Slava Ukraïni' everywhere. Why does Ukraine mean so much for Kartvelians-Georg…
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DISCLAIMER. This is a public version of the podcast. Our ⁠Patreon family⁠ gets these episodes much earlier, packaged with lots of bonus and backstage content. s3e3: 'There is no future for Ukrainian Jews if they want to go together with the Russian culture,' a Ukrainian Jewish activist ⁠Maria Gershova⁠ tells us. There's a massive identity evolution…
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s3e2: thanks to our generous Patreon family, #UkrainianSpaces is back for season three. We felt big decolonization energy and tried something completely new - a live-audience show. This is part two of our podcast episode recorded in late February in Warsaw during our sold-out event featuring brilliant Ukrainians like: Mariam Naiem, a prominent Ukra…
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s3e1: Thanks to our generous Patreon family, #UkrainianSpaces is back for season three. For this one, we feel big decolonization energy and tried something completely new - a live-audience show. Recorded in late February in Warsaw, a sold-out event featured brilliant Ukrainians like: Mariam Naiem, a prominent Ukrainian artist and researcher working…
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s2e23: It has been the worst year for every Ukrainian. In a way, it also has been the best one. Those Ukrainians who survived it are transformed forever. Despite the trauma, pain, and heartbreak, they keep dreaming, creating, and daring. Millions of Ukrainian stories can inspire anyone to live in a better world and to be a better person. But for th…
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s2e22: Russian-backed conspiracies about Ukraine and Ukrainians might appear bizarre, entertaining, or even funny. But every piece of anti-Ukrainian propaganda shared abroad, even accidentally or as a hate share, has a specific price in Ukrainian lives. That's why Ukrainians take fact-checking so seriously, and it is universally regarded as importa…
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s2e21: This is not Russia's first attempt to eradicate Ukrainians. This is not the first time fascism is trying to wipe an entire nation from the face of the Earth, either. Nevertheless, there has never been so much global unity when it comes to helping Ukrainians as today. But does it mean we are finally learning our 'never again' lessons? Let's d…
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s2e20: When Ukrainians express discomfort by being pushed into a space with a Russian person without consent, some foreigners label it 'hatred' or 'russophobia.' When Ukrainians talk about Russian society's centuries-old patterns of serial abusive behavior towards their neighbors, we are dismissed as 'emotional' and 'hysterical.' Could it be just a…
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s2e19: Through centuries of colonial oppression, music remained a secret superpower for Ukrainians to keep their resistance up. The ongoing genocide is no different. Ukrainian music artists have been creating breathtaking art that keeps our spirits up and inspires us not to give up. For this one, we feature Zbaraski, one of our favorite Ukrainian m…
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s2e18: We took the theme of our second season, building bridges with Ukrainian allies worldwide, and thought why not go more ambitious? That's how Volya Hub was founded. A sister Ukrainian Spaces project, it unites journalists, storytellers and scholars across former Russian colonies to expand public awareness about the crimes of Russian colonialis…
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s2e17: How does one go from a foreign journalist to a NAFO founding figure to a Ukrainian soldier putting your life on the line for Ukraine daily? For this one, we talk to James (his second name will remain secret due to security concerns) from Spaghetti Kozak Media. We discuss the price of freedom, colonialism, the NAFO phenomena, and Russian prop…
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s2e16: Despite what Russia claims, the roots of Ukrainian identity reach as far back as thousands of years. Despite what Russia is trying to do, a new generation of Ukrainian artists resists the cultural erasure and makes ancient Ukrainian culture reborn and reimagined again. For this one, a Ukrainian ethnographic researcher, style icon, and the fo…
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s2e15: We talk so much about cultural appropriation by Westerners. But Russians have been doing the same thing to Ukrainians - and so many other neighboring cultures - for centuries, presenting stolen cultures as their own. We've had enough. Receipts of colonialism are ready to be shown, and anti-colonial tea is ready to be spilled. Our featured Uk…
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s2e14: Before Russia started mass-slaughtering us, Ukrainians had global traction for exceptional work ethic, 'everything-is-possible' attitude, and breathtaking creativity. For the same reasons, Ukraine became one of the leading global hubs for high-end movie and video production in recent years. But what it has to do with our colonial past? Every…
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s2e13: sport plays such a crucial identity-shaping role in Ukraine - athletes of different genders, ethnicities, and skin colors helped to crystalize our feeling of national pride and what it means to be a Ukrainian in the last three decades since the end of the last Russian occupation. That's why it is no surprise that when another Russian assault…
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s2e11: Back in February, most Ukrainians still had no idea about the harrowing scale of genocide awaiting them in the coming months. But our friends from Syria and other parts of the Middle East reached out instantly with live-saving tips. Before unleashing it onto Ukraine, Russia tested and polished most of its terrorist and war crimes tactics on …
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s2e10: "Being free people is not cheap. What Ukrainians are going through is very much similar to what many people in Africa went through or are still going through." For another bridge episode of anti-colonial solidarity, we invited a South Sudanese liberation movement legend and prominent African thinker Peter Ajak Blair. In a powerful, raw, and …
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s2e9: when the genocide in Ukraine started, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and solidarity from Japan. What makes people from, literally, the other side of our planet hurt, rally and cheer together with Ukrainians? For another bridge episode, we feature Ihor Ihnatiev, an activist from Stand With Ukraine Japan, and Asami Terajima, a…
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s2e8: Ukrainians are fighting not only to get their stolen homes back. This battle is also about their values, identity, and right to manifest who they are. Facing genocidal evil trying to assimilate them, Ukrainians resist by doubling down on diversity, creativity, and belief that they can build a better world. For this one, we feature Alice Zhura…
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s2e7: 'That's very unfair that you, Ukrainians, have to pay for all of us to find ourselves, to start valuing ourselves, to start emancipating ourselves.' We entered this bridge episode to find similarities between Qazaqstan and Ukraine in our shared anti-colonial struggle. We ended up with one of our most powerful and moving episodes. Our featured…
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s2e6: genocide in Ukraine triggers tens of millions of Russian neighbors. It is more than empathy, though. The history of colonial violence, erasure, and assimilation by russia is a shared experience for dozens of nations. We foster Ukrainian-Kyrgyz anti-colonial solidarity for another bridge episode and feature brilliant Kyrgyz journalist Bektour …
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s2e5: for this one, we pay tribute to fearless queer Ukrainians who defiantly manifest their rainbow colors even as Russian bombs keep raining down on them. Kharkiv pride went ahead on September 25th, 2022, in the country's second-largest city — despite fighting ongoing just several kilometers away and non-stop Russian shelling. Why has the Ukraini…
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s2e4: we are back to cast a kickass spell of ancient Ukrainian magic against Russian colonialism. Our featured Ukrainian is sensational artist Anka Lavriv. SUPPORT US: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please, ensure we can amplify more Ukrainian voices and decolonize more Ukraine conversations — …
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s2e3: we are back to remind you why Ukraine and Ukrainian voices must remain at the center of global attention and should not be dismissed or ignored. Our featured Ukrainian is Oksana Pokalchuk, a legendary human rights defender who documents Russian war crimes. SUPPORT US: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported i…
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s2e2: why ending the genocide in Ukraine can only be done with the liberation of Crimea? Why understanding Russian settler colonialism in Crimea is understanding Ukraine? Why learning about the resistance of Crimean Tatars against annihilation is learning about Ukraine? Why speaking the truth about Ukraine is paramount, no matter how uncomfortable?…
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s2e1: we are trying something new for Season Two — building stronger bridges between Ukrainians and our friends across the globe. In this one, we connect with kickass anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism fighters in Taiwan, where strong solidarity with Ukraine keeps making global headlines. Why Taiwanese feel so passionately about a nation living …
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s1e34: for the Season One finale, we keep it in the family and gather our #UkrainianSpaces family members to put messages of Ukrainian hope, love, resilience, and defiance into a podcast time capsule. Featured Ukrainians are (in the order of appearance): Mariam Naiem, Olek Shyn, Stas Olenchenko, Maria Buchelnikova, Romeo Kokriatski, Maria aka Vinok…
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s1e33: one of the most visceral images from the ongoing genocide in Ukraine has been Ukrainians risking everything to save their pets or animals from a war zone. From zoo keepers who keep showing up for work even under russian shelling and rescuers putting their lives on the line to save pets trapped under the rubble of russian terrorist attacks, t…
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s1e32: apparently, eight years of Ukrainians having the lowest levels of political representation of far-right forces in Europe is not self-evident. So we gathered Ukrainian journalists to fact-check all the stupid myths about far-rights in Ukraine. Our featured Ukrainians are prominent journalists with years of experience in investigating fascists…
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s1e31: this show will be claimed by Romani Ukrainians and the stories of their struggle and defiance amid genocide in Ukraine. Our featured Ukrainian is Natali Tomenko, a brilliant Romani activist behind @ArcaYngo, a movement uniting Roma youth in Ukraine. SUPPORT US: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiat…
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s1e30: this is a tribute to Generation Freedom, young Ukrainians in their 20s and 30s tasked with defending Ukraine from russian aggression. Identically to folks of their age elsewhere, they love their flat-whites, avocado toasts, and oversharing on social media. But they also put their lives on the line for democracy, equality, and freedom. For th…
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s1e29: there are over 60+ million Ukrainians globally. We speak different languages. We are of different religions, skin colors, and ethnicities. But for the first time, each and every one of us is working in unison to ensure our homeland stands, our shared values are defended, our diversity is preserved, and our voices are not silenced. To underst…
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s1e28: in this one, we vent about the cruel, arrogant, and colonial treatment Ukrainians get from some foreign leftists. Our featured Ukrainian is Romeo Kokriatski, a journalist, podcaster, and proud Marxist. SUPPORT US: #UkrainianSpaces is a 100% independent, volunteer, and listener-supported initiative. Please, ensure we can amplify more Ukrainia…
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s1e27: the Donbas mythology forms the ideological foundation of the Russian genocidal campaign in Ukraine. You won't understand Kremlin's obsession with eradicating Ukrainians without decolonizing your views about eastern Ukraine. This episode features Yevhenii Monastyrskyi, a brilliant young Ukrainian scholar from Luhansk. SUPPORT: #UkrainianSpace…
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s1e26: "Every photographer dreams of taking a photo that will stop the war." This is the quote by Maks Levin, a Ukrainian journalist executed by Russian terrorists for documenting their war crimes in Kyiv suburbs earlier this year. Freedom of speech is sacrosanct for Ukrainians. That's why fierce and fearless Ukrainian journalism became the backbon…
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s1e25: many around the world can namedrop Russian writers. Few can do the same when it comes to Ukrainian literature. Even though the Ukrainian literary tradition is more than half a millennia older than Russian. Even though there wouldn't be Russian literature without Ukraine. Even though many literary names that people abroad think are Russian ar…
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s1e24: every fourth Ukrainian lives outside Ukraine. That's between 10 and 15 million of us who identify as Ukrainian or have Ukrainian ancestry. New genocide in our ancestral land activated Ukrainianness in so many from the diaspora. But for the first time in our history, Ukrainians abroad and at home are experiencing this awakening in sync. For t…
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