Theresa and Scott Cianciolo founded Agape Ministries, a Christian nonprofit that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities in Ukraine. After they stopped traveling to Ukraine due to the war, they raised money to create a home for refugees and children with disabilities in Vermont.
With a new president in power, parliamentary elections set for July and multiple, ongoing challenges to press freedom, the future of Ukraine’s public broadcaster remains unclear.
“It's war of past and future,” says the 26-year-old head of the customs house in Odessa, Ukraine. “A war against corruption, war against this old way of thinking, war against Soviet heritage, and war for a modern Ukraine.”
Ukraine's local elections featured dozens of candidates who legally changed their names to run as Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. But behind the antics, and the excitement over the arrest of a man in a Chewbacca costume in Odessa, is some murky "political technology" that would do Emperor Palpatine proud, says one Ukrainian journalist.
In Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel, "Panic in a Suitcase," a Ukrainian-American family is torn between Odessa and the streets of Brighton Beach in New York.
These are the tunes played on The World for September 16, 2014.
As political unrest continues in Ukraine, the government there has called for all soccer matches to be held without spectators. That's in addition to the cancellation of the country's Premier League matches and the cup final, which were planned to be held in eastern cities and on the Crimean peninsula.
For many, it's hard to imagine the violence playing out now in Odessa — the charming port city on the Black Sea is known for its literature, arts, and perhaps above all else, humor. It's especially hard for The World's reporter Jason Margolis.
Violence in Ukraine has now spread to the city of Odessa, a resort town on the Black Sea. Writer Keith Gessen tells PRI's The World that Odessa has always been a special place to Ukrainians and Russians, known as a city where many cultures mixed.
With Ukraine's military in heavy fighting with pro-Russian separatists, has Ukraine slipped into a civil war?
There have been a number of warnings from Kiev and Washington about the possibility of a direct and open Russian military intervention in Ukraine. But what could that look like?