We will return this land to life: EU-supported demining of territories makes people’s lives safer

An agglomeration of towns Severodonetsk-Rubizhne-Lysychansk is located in the picturesque floodplain of Siversky Donets in Luhansk region. They are surrounded by genuinely picturesque places. Chalk deposits emerging from the surface, hills, small woods, lakes, ponds and valleys with vast and fertile farmlands. Villages and small towns are scattered among them. Their names are as beautiful names as the landscape itself – Zolote (Golden), Bila Hora (White Mountain), Myrna Dolyna (Peaceful Valley). Even mine heaps which have been here for ages cannot spoil the picture. Read more

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Everyone deserves a chance to rebuild life

The seizure of Dokuchaievsk by militants has deprived them of their homes, work and property. At their new location, displaced persons got an empty half-destroyed house and a land plot. The hope and desire to rebuild a peaceful life turned them into farmers. Grant programs of the European Union have helped them to master breeding and become successful producers of poultry and eggs in three years. New projects and expansion of the farm are planned. Read more

EU helps repair dormitory in Kramatorsk to accommodate IDPs

95 IDPs living in Kramatorsk received new housing. An old municipal dormitory was reconstructed, and now it has 32 separate apartments. Financing for this project was provided by the European Union back in 2015. The reconstruction work was delayed, and in Sloviansk, it stopped altogether. The authorities admit that one dormitory would surely not solve the problem of housing for IDPs, and count on further help from abroad. Read more

EU and Ukraine changing lives in country’s east

A conflict in the east was a blow to the whole Ukraine. Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts split into two parts. More than a million Ukrainians left the uncontrolled territory. First of all, they moved to the nearest cities, closer to their homes.  Internal migration became an impulse for the development of many small towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The International Organization for Migration and the European Union provided 2,500 internally displaced persons with grants for business development as well as professional and technical assistance. Thousands of Ukrainians in the east of Ukraine received an opportunity to make their dreams come true. Read more

Collecting sparkles of real life and splicing them together: documentaries about displaced persons filmed in Ukraine

Hromadske TV and the Thomson Foundation have produced two documentaries about the lives of forcibly-displaced people from Donbas and Crimea. The documentaries were made within the framework of the “Regional Voices” project funded by the EU. Read more