Ukraine is often referred to as a laboratory when it comes to global challenges in the fields of environment, information and security.
The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, the Kremlin’s troll farm and the main target of a disinformation campaign, a country that triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union and confronted its neo-imperialist successor: Ukraine was the first country to face Initiate a process with global impact.
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Eight years into Russia’s undeclared war on Ukraine, the international community has been placating the aggressor while fearing a nuclear strike.
For eight years, Ukrainians have been warning the world of another nuclear threat: Fifteen Ukrainian nuclear reactors, six of which are located near the front lines in the country’s southeastern Zaporozhye region, are very dangerous.
The world finally learned the region’s name in March, when the Russian military shelled and captured Europe’s largest Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
It now experiences a cold stop after regular shelling. Its staff worked under threats of torture and death at the hands of the occupiers.
On September 19, Russia carried out a missile attack on the industrial site of a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. The missile exploded 300 meters from the reactor of the country’s second-largest nuclear power plant.
Radioactive plumes are notorious for ignoring borders: if an accident at a militarized nuclear power plant occurs, the consequences would be beyond Ukraine.
The value of Ukraine’s knowledge and experience can no longer be ignored after a full-scale Russian aggression has damaged the global security system. The urgency to learn from Ukraine is now a matter of life and death for the rest of the world.
Ukrainian laboratory is an online writing residency for emerging writers from Ukraine and the UK with a mission to explore global challenges through the prism of Ukraine.
Thematic focus of creative nonfiction Katerina Yakovrenko and Jonathan Turnbull is the environment. They go beyond immediate anxieties related to Russian nuclear terrorism and shed light on still-overlooked aspects of Ukraine’s environment.
This Kyiv bush Drift through the wild and eerie green spaces of the Ukrainian capital full of political potential. Black, white and colorless Through the elements that shaped it: coal, salt and natural gas, the story of the war-torn industrial region in the east of the country is told.
you can read Kyiv jungle and Black, white and colorless in Ukrainian live up. Ukrainian lab’s article focused on war will be published in . I’m online And articles dealing with false information will appear in open democracy.
Dr Sasha Dovzhyk is Curator of Special Projects at the Ukraine Institute in London and Curator of the Ukraine Laboratory.