From Kyiv with Love - a photo essay
* Locals prefer the usage of Kyiv to the internationally recognised Kiev
I have been following the crisis in Ukraine since the Euromaidan protests at the end of 2013 and the ensuing 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Interested in exploring how people in the face of conflict and social unrest meet the attendant cultural, moral and societal challenges, I went to Kyiv (Kiev) in November-December 2015.
While there, I observed a society on the cusp of change and globalisation trying to hang on to traditions and the memory of its Soviet past. The often tenuous relationship between collective beliefs and independent thought playing out on the streets, on social media, and behind closed doors. It is a society hungry for change though mostly disillusioned and disaffected by the freely-elected post-revolution government many see as ineffective, to say the least; wary it is caught in the middle of a political tug-of-war between the West and Russia, but hopeful the ongoing conflict in the separatist-held territories in the east will come to an end, even as the world’s attentions are diverted elsewhere.