Ukraine – where’s that?

Over the last 12 years, I can’t count the number of times people back in Britain have asked “Where’s that?” when I told them I lived in Ukraine – or, incredulously, “Why?”’

The beginning of my article published yesterday in the Kyiv Post newspaper about the stereotypes that still seem unavoidable when writing about Ukraine. Read the whole article here.

I worked at the Kyiv Post as a staff journalist for a  few years, starting way back when it was just two editors hunched over computers in a tiny flat in Kiev. These days it’s part of a small Ukrainian media empire, but I see that the same stories just keep coming back and back and back in its pages. Sometimes it seems like the more Ukraine changes, the more it stays the same. Like the rest of the world.

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