Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Mariupol
December 2014 though January 2015
Stop 1: Kiev
I arrived in Kiev in late December 2014. The City was flush with reminders of the Euromaidan or Maidan Revolution. I interviewed several locals about the situation, including some ice fishermen, who allowed invited me to some vodka.
Summary of Findings: I found the majority of people I spoke with wanted to move closer to the EU and were proud to be Ukrainians, not Russians. People from taxi drivers to store clerks encouraged the use of the Ukrainian Language. I saw the Ukrainian Flag everywhere.
Stop 2: Dnipropetrovsk
On the road from Kiev to Mariupol, I spent the night in the Grand Hotel Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk. Army and police check increased in frequency after leaving Dnipropetrovsk head to Mariupol.
Stop 3: Mariupol and the Front
In Mariupol, I found the town surrounded by Ukrainian Militia/Army checkpoints. Most windows in the town had tape on them or sandbags blocking them. All petrol stations had sandbags around gas tanks. The population functioned relatively normally despite a number of buildings destroyed in the fighting.
Summary of Findings: Check out my blog article in the NYU Jordan Center “All the Russias” Blog on my time in Mariupol