In her book, Kateryna Zarembo tells about the Ukrainian identity of Donbas, which has always been silenced by the artificial myth created in the Soviet and post-Soviet narrative of the region. The book’s chapters depict the academic and artistic communities, rural areas, religious circles of various denominations, as well pro-European movements and football fans. Each chapter narrates the stories of Donetsk and Luhansk locals, set against the backdrop of wider historical context. The book also explains why the local population did indeed take arms to fight in 2014 and onwards – but, contrary to the Russian propaganda, not for the unrecognized republics but for Ukraine’s freedom and democracy.
Dr. Kateryna Zarembo – Scholar, policy analyst, translator and writer, Technical University of Darmstadt, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Yana Lysenko – Scholar, Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen.
With financial support from the Bremen Early Career Researcher Development and the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
This is a collaboration of the Universität Bremen, EuropaPunktBremen, Forschungsstelle Osteuropa and Bremen Early Career Researcher Development