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#22 UkraineMEMO: “It is important to me that this country is understood in all its complexity.”


What makes Ukraine special and why are certain events misinterpreted in Germany? In this episode of the podcast, we talk about the misconceptions about Ukraine in Germany and the progress that has been made in this regard since the war.

High-quality reporting is characterised, among other things, by the presentation of nuances that enable a deeper understanding of events on the ground. In this way, political connections can be established and the complexity of Ukrainian society can be better understood.

  • How should Ukraine be reported on in order to enable German audiences to correctly assess events on the ground?
  • How has the debate on the Russian aggression against Ukraine developed in Germany since 2014?
  • What would be helpful means to curb the disinformation emanating from Russia?

We discuss these and other questions with our guest:

Vassili Golod, journalist, studio manager and ARD correspondent in Kyiv.

Moderator: Nataliya Pryhornytska, political scientist and podcast host.

Episode #22 of UkraineMEMO is also available here: 

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With its podcast “UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice”, IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk and Nataliya Pryhornytska discuss recent developments and long-term trends in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provide an insight into events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The podcast is produced as part of the “UA Transformation Lab” project and is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

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About the Podcast UkraineMEMO project: Making expertise on Ukraine accessible is the aim of the UkraineMEMO podcast. With experts from civil society, politics and business, we analyse current events and long-term trends and promote better mutual understanding between Germany and Ukraine

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