Solutions From Ukraine

Solutions From Ukraine

The Solutions from Ukraine podcast, from the Rubryka media outlet, presents exclusive stories on Ukraine amid the full-scale war that Russia launched on February 22, 2022. Hosts: Anastasia Rudenko, editor-in-chief of the independent all-Ukrainian Rubryka media outlet and Vladyslav Faraponov, an analyst at Internews Ukraine NGO. Every week they cover a story of Ukraine’s resistance amid the war and explore solutions that communities in Ukraine develop despite the horrors of war. Read us at: Support us at:


September 27, 2023 14 mins

Since the start of the full-scale war, Russians have launched six thousand missiles and more than three thousand drones. The absolute majority targeted civilians, disrupting thousands of Ukrainian lives. But Ukraine has a chance to start reconstruction during the war – paradoxically or not, Ukraine has already started the recovery process. In this episode, we describe solutions that Ukraine's people implement and also announce the ...

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After a year of full-scale war, Ukraine has almost two million veterans – and many more will likely become veterans as the war’ goes on. Many who served their country bravely say it is time for the state to protect their rights. Ukrainian society is still learning to respect and honor the country’s defenders, and the state is working to build a veteran protection and socialization system. In a new episode, Rubryka discovers unique ...

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Ensuring proper reconstruction is one of the many complicated tasks that Ukraine will face and is already facing now, but in what ways should Kyiv manage it? Ukraine’s public officials keep talking about reconstruction. Today we talk about how this can be done through several specific cases. 

Hosts: Vladyslav Faraponov, Rubryka’s editor, and Anastasia Rudenko, Rubryka’s editor in chief

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The number of female officers in the Ukrainian army has increased dramatically since the country mobilized to defend itself from Russia’s invasion in early 2022. Rubryka’s journalist has recently tested the women's uniform. But how does this reflect women’s situation in Ukraine in general? How does the war affect them?  In the latest episode of Rubryka’s podcast, you can hear about the solutions Ukrainian women work toward during w...

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Ukrainian businesses have continued to build closer trade connections with Europe, while also pushing for tougher sanctions to isolate Russia economically. But the past year of a full-scale war has hit Ukraine’s economy hard – causing the worst recession since its independence. In this episode, we look at narratives and actions in the European market to support Ukraine, and keep the pressure on Russia.


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At the beginning of June, Russia blew up the Kakhovka dam. With the short and long-term consequences of the resulting floods still being tallied, Russia now threatens to unleash an even greater catastrophe at the nuclear power plant it has been occupying since invading Ukraine. We look at the global scale of these threats and what has shocked Ukrainians about the world's response to this tragedy.  

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Because of the war, Russia started in Ukraine, more than ten thousand people have gone through amputation and lost their limbs. Ukraine’s partners are ready to help rehabilitate Ukrainian servicemembers and civilians, but the procedure is complicated.  However, there are cases of people helping Ukrainians to find solutions to overcome the challenge and go on to live fulfilling lives.

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Russia is doing everything it can to hold back Ukraine’s counteroffensive, launching even more intense missiles and drone attacks than Ukrainians have seen in the past months. 

Winter is over now, and while Ukrainians are trying to enjoy the springtime air while they can, we decided to take a look at what normal life in Ukraine looks like in Kyiv and other cities closer to the frontline.

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Russia's efforts to wipe out Ukrainian's sense of identity and connection to their history predates the invasion of 2022 – the erasure of public documents and archives dates back to Soviet times. Today, however, Ukrainians are becoming more motivated to rediscover their roots and dive into history to find the stories of their ancestors. In this episode, Rubryka looks at how Ukrainians around the world are using genealogy to trace t...

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Ukraine doesn’t think that Russia’s war on Ukraine is no game – and Ukraine’s government has asked the world to exclude Russia from international sports competitions. It’s so serious that Ukraine has insisted that its athletes will not compete in tournaments to which athletes from Russia and Belarus are admitted. Why is Ukraine calling for a boycott of sports events? Is this an effective response to the war? Find out in our podcast...

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Ukrainian authorities estimate as much as 30% of Ukraine’s territory may be at risk of landmines. More than a year into russia’s full-scale war, Ukraine is working to demine its territories, which Ukraine’s armed forces have bravely liberated. Landmines not only impact Ukraine’s agriculture and environment today, but pose hidden risks for years to come. Today we talk about solutions to these issues in stories.


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It's more than a year into russia’s war on Ukraine and eight months that the Black Sea Grain Deal has been in effect. The breadbasket of the region, Ukraine wants to keep its ports open to trading but must negotiate to operate in its own waters, under threat from the russian navy. In the new episode, Rubryka discusses the significance of this trade route: was it a success or failure for Ukraine and the world?  Why does Ukraine want...

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Ukraine’s women have been put to the test, and have proven themselves both on the front line and at the second line of support to the army. Could this wartime progress also be a litmus test for Ukraine’s democratic future? In this episode we discuss the issues Ukrainian women in the  military have faced and what solutions they’ve developed to address them.


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February 16, 2023 17 mins

putin’s war of choice in Ukraine displaced 20 million people – half of them within the country and half abroad. Since the outbreak of war, Ukrainians have sought safer spaces to continue their lives with comfort and peace of mind. In this episode, Rubryka looks at solutions that host communities have developed to help young and old Ukrainians living abroad and explores why it is so important for Ukraine to welcome them back after U...

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Ukraine has been pleading with its Western allies to send weapons ever since last March, when its armed forces were battling the russian army in the streets of the capital, Kyiv. Ukraine’s allies promised to send it the tanks it needs to push russia back to internationally-recognized borders – but it took weeks of political back-and-forth for European leaders to agree on sending the most modern Western t...

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russia’s recent brutal attacks only strengthened Ukraine’s resolve and self-organization. On January 18, a helicopter crashed into a kindergarten in Kyiv. Why should russia be blamed for it regardless of what the investigation will show? It is already known that the helicopter was flying to one of the hot spots in the Kharkiv region, where Ukraine's armed forces conducted a massive counteroffensive in the east. The helicopter would...

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Kherson is the only regional city that russia captured at the beginning of March this year. Ukraine managed to recapture it, but russia now attacks the city with missiles. Rubryka visited the city three days after the liberation. Find out what issues people face now are and what does Kherson need?

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russian strikes are aimed at making Ukraine a dark, cold place. But against all odds, Ukrainians stand firm. Christmas and New Year won’t be easy, as russia may launch new attacks. Learn more about how people are adapting to war realities celebrations, and the history behind Christmas in Ukraine.

Hosts: editor-in-chief of "Rubryka" Anastasia Rudenko, and analyst of the "Internews-Ukraine" NGO Vladyslav Faraponov.

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russia tried to shut Ukraine off electricity, hoping Ukraine would surrender and negotiate. Its recent attempt caused many casualties and left Ukraine with no water or heating. But the Ukrainian resilience proved russia’s miscalculation. If choosing between no light and no russians, the answer is the second.

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russia’s full-scale war had an influence not only on the economy in terms of inflation but also didn't allow businesses to operate in some regions at all. How is the relocation process going, and how do the companies transform themselves? In this episode, you will find out which enterprises were developed during the war.

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