Project Office Ukraine and Belarus
As the liberal German political foundation, we help promote freedom and responsibility in our project countries by means of political education. We support like-minded partners in politics, civil society, media and science in their pursuit of an open society, the rule of law, the enforcement of universal human rights and a rule-based market economy. In addition, we create opportunities for exchange and dialogue with liberal forces across Europe and worldwide.
First Lieutenant Yulia Mykytenko: “Men no longer refuse to serve under my command because I am a woman”
Yulia Mykytenko joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a contract in 2016 together with her husband. After doing the “work for women” at the headquarters, she entered The Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy, returning to the front as a combat officer. After the death of her husband in February 2018, Yulia went to work at the Kyiv Military Lyceum. In the special project "The Unbreakable", Mykytenko talks about how the Ukrainian army changed and how important it is to be in your own place.
“War is another case I need to win,” Inga Kordynovska on the humanitarian centre in Odesa
Inga Kordynovska is the owner of a law firm, who despite the threat of occupation of Odesa at the beginning of the war stayed in the city and established the Humanitarian Volunteer Centre in Odesa and then two more projects to help internally displaced people, mothers in particular. In the “Unbreakable” project, Inga shares how legal practice helped her during the war and why humanitarian aid is not her main goal in helping those affected by the war.
Education against war
Yevheniya Tatarova, director of the Kiev office of the Continuing Education School for English Teachers, became a displaced person for the second time at the beginning of the war. To support the Ukrainian army, she held a seminar with English teachers lasting several hours, which raised 4,000 US dollars. She handed over the collected donations to the Serhij Prytula Foundation for the Ukrainian military. In the project "The Indomitable", Tatarova talks about finding new meanings during war and how the English language helps the Ukrainian army.
“Nobody slept in the first several months”
Olga Kudinenko is the founder of Tabletochki, a charity foundation for children with cancer, a fundraiser and a Member of the National Children’s Hospital’s OKHMATDYT Board of Trustees. In the “UNBREAKABLE” project, she shared how the foundation helped evacuate children with cancer from dangerous territories, and spoke about establishing a foundation in the U.S. and helping Ukrainians, while she’s staying abroad.
Ola Rondiak: "Today Ukraine reclaims its identity"
Ola Rondiak, a U.S. artist of Ukrainian origin, was born and raised in emigration. After Ukraine gained independence, she decided to return to her homeland. The artist is now witnessing how Ukrainians are once again fighting for their identity. And that is what she shows in her works. In an interview for WoMo, Ola shares what she felt when the war started, where she finds strength to fight and how she creates art to help the army. This article was prepared by the editorial office of Ukrainian women´s magazine WoMo as a part of the author´s special project "Unbreakable" in cooperation with Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine.
Ukraine: Resisting the temptation of quick solutions
The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has severely shaken the Ukrainian economy. But the first reaction of the government and the national bank to the war shock was competent: the suspension of import duties as well as the easing of the tax burden strengthened the confidence of the economy and society in the government. After the first steps towards economic liberalisation, however, the government returned to the modus operandi of the pre-war period.
Understanding tools and goals of aggressive Putin’s diplomacy toward Ukraine
In the talks with Ukraine, Russia is trying to impose a vague concept of neutrality as the main demand against Ukraine. On the one hand, Moscow refers to examples familiar to Europeans and speaks of an "Austrian" or "Finnish" model of neutrality, regardless of legal diversities and historical context. On the other hand, the Kremlin does not explain in what way it will respect Ukraine's neutrality.