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Ukrainian Peacebuilding School - Time to Build the Roads and Repair the Bridges

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How to build sustainable peace in Ukraine?
1. Set and affirm the mental border with Russia as a state and Russian World as an ideology
2. Establish and foster personal friendly contacts with people across the Ukrainian border with Russia.
3. Foster and promote true multiculturalism and security aware tolerance. Promote open peaceful Islam like we do have and cherish in Ukraine.
4. Educate as many active adults as possible on conflict studies, dialogue practices, social psychology, and behavioural economic, human security. Those people will build the bridges to minds of the others.
Those people will be able to negotiate peace with neighbours. In occupied territories, in Russia. Using the values and interests, not the conflicts and differences, as negotiation starting points. Like in the history pictured in the “Bridge of spies” movie. “We have to have the conversations our governments can't”.
That is what the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School is doing and that is what gives us hope and confidence that someday we will break that Wall.

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Ukrainian Peacebuilding School - Time to Build the Roads and Repair the Bridges

  1. 1. Ukrainian Peacebuilding School Time to Build the Roads and Repair the Bridges
  2. 2. Glienicke Bridge aka the "Bridge of Spies" Berlin, 1962 “Bridge of spies” 2015
  3. 3. Road to Mariupol, Ukraine, 2015
  4. 4. 53 years, 2123 km between the Borders Iron Curtain Moves Eastward
  5. 5. Regions We Work At We work at Ukrainian controlled territories only. Bordering occupied territories, frozen conflict and past bloody conflict.
  6. 6. Centuries Old Fight for Independence of Ukraine…
  7. 7. …Turned into the Bloody War with Russia “Forgive for everything. Moscow” Photo by Vitaliy Ovcharenko. Debaltseve, February 2015
  8. 8. Why the Occupation Was Inevitable?
  9. 9. #1 Identity conflicts Soviet Past Ukrainian Present European Future?
  10. 10. #2 Conflicts based on ethnicity or religion Icon of Stalin, Russia “Go Away, Moskali, from the Ukrainian land!”
  11. 11. #3 Conflicts of historical narratives West East
  12. 12. #4 Conflicts of visions of the future Country by the hands of kids Graves of Protestants killed by occupants in 2014. Slovyansk
  13. 13. Conflicts could lead to divided society
  14. 14. Divided Societies. Israel Similarity Russia does not recognize the Ukrainian nation and the right to Ukrainian State
  15. 15. Divided Societies. Northern Ireland Similarity Conflict with Russia is 350+ years old
  16. 16. Attempt to Divide Ukraine Kharkiv. January 12, 2014 Attempt failed except in Donbas
  17. 17. Identity Conflicts are Virtual Why? Perception of Russian World is based on TV image made in Moscow and not real life experience Soviet Union does not exist Majority of Ukrainians never visited Europe and have no idea what it is
  18. 18. We do not want divided future for Ukraine! Semenivka, near Slovyansk, 2014-2015
  19. 19. We Develop Strategies of Transformation and Prevention of Borderline Conflicts
  20. 20. Major Problems of Ukrainian Society We Detected  Bad Communications  Inability to Plan the Future Proactively  Misunderstanding of Security  Absence of Common Criteria of Evaluation of Realty What is the sense of this fence? Bakhmut, 2015
  21. 21. Misunderstanding of Security “Security is the absence of threats” Conclusion of 36 new Ukrainian leaders. Leaders of Transformations School, November 2015
  22. 22. Ukraine is NOT Russia War of symbols “We are Russia. We are not” Kramatorsk, WWII fortification rebuilt in 2013.
  23. 23. Inability to Plan the Future Proactively Why? Genocidal History Cult of Death Enforced by the Soviets Ukrainians during the Great Famine of 1932-1933
  24. 24. Value of Life “I lived in a country where we were taught since our childhood to die. We were taught the death. We were told that the human exists to give themselves, to burn, to sacrifice themselves.” Svetlana Alekseevich, Belarussian writer Nobel Lecture. December 7, 2015
  25. 25. Face of War. Every Life Counts! Photo exhibition in Kramatorsk, August 2015
  26. 26. Bad Communications Bad Roads Roads lead to nowhere Broken or Fragile Bridges Bridges connect wrong points
  27. 27. Bridges Still Broken Bridges destroyed in 2014 are still broken. Donetsk oblast, North
  28. 28. Fragile Bridges Temporary bridge in Kharkiv existed 53 years
  29. 29. Solid Secure Bridges New bridge built in Kharkiv, 2011
  30. 30. Absence of Common Criteria of Evaluation of Realty What is the purpose of this bridge?
  31. 31. Public Spaces Shaping Community
  32. 32. How to Build Sustainable Peace in Ukraine 1. Mental border with Russia as a state and Russian World as an ideology 2. Personal friendly contacts with people across the Ukrainian border 3. True multiculturalism and security aware tolerance. Open Peaceful Islam 4. Education of active adults on conflict studies, dialogue practices, social psychology, behavioral economic, human security.
  33. 33. “We have to have the conversations our governments can't” “Bridge of spies” 2015
  34. 34. Common Future Kharkiv. 24 May, 2014 Heroes do not die!
  35. 35. Thank you for attention! Nataliya Zubar, Kharkiv, Ukraine, @nataliezubar

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