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Ukrainian
Peacebuilding School
Time
to Build the Roads
and Repair the Bridges
Glienicke Bridge
aka the "Bridge of Spies"
Berlin, 1962
“Bridge of spies” 2015
Road to Mariupol,
Ukraine, 2015
53 years, 2123 km
between the Borders
Iron Curtain
Moves Eastward
Regions We Work At
We work at
Ukrainian
controlled
territories only.
Bordering occupied
territories, frozen
conflict and p...
Centuries Old Fight
for Independence
of Ukraine…
…Turned into the
Bloody War with Russia
“Forgive for
everything. Moscow”
Photo by Vitaliy Ovcharenko.
Debaltseve, February...
Why the
Occupation
Was
Inevitable?
#1 Identity conflicts
Soviet Past
Ukrainian
Present
European
Future?
#2 Conflicts based
on ethnicity or religion
Icon of Stalin,
Russia
“Go Away, Moskali, from
the Ukrainian land!”
#3 Conflicts of
historical narratives
West East
#4 Conflicts of visions
of the future
Country
by the
hands
of kids
Graves of Protestants killed by
occupants in 2014. Slov...
Conflicts
could lead
to divided
society
Divided Societies.
Israel
Similarity
Russia does not recognize
the Ukrainian nation
and the right to Ukrainian
State
Divided Societies.
Northern Ireland
Similarity
Conflict with Russia
is 350+ years old
Attempt to Divide Ukraine
Kharkiv.
January 12, 2014
Attempt failed
except in Donbas
Identity Conflicts are
Virtual
Why?
Perception of Russian World is
based on TV image made in
Moscow and not real life
expe...
We do not
want divided
future for
Ukraine!
Semenivka, near Slovyansk, 2014-2015
We Develop Strategies of
Transformation and
Prevention of Borderline Conflicts
Major Problems of Ukrainian
Society We Detected
 Bad Communications
 Inability to Plan the
Future Proactively
 Misunder...
Misunderstanding of
Security
“Security is the
absence of
threats”
Conclusion of 36
new Ukrainian
leaders.
Leaders of Trans...
Ukraine is NOT Russia
War of
symbols
“We are
Russia.
We are not”
Kramatorsk,
WWII
fortification
rebuilt in 2013.
Inability to Plan the
Future Proactively
Why?
Genocidal History
Cult of Death
Enforced by the
Soviets
Ukrainians during th...
Value of Life
“I lived in a country where
we were taught since our
childhood to die.
We were taught the death.
We were tol...
Face of War.
Every Life Counts!
Photo exhibition in Kramatorsk, August 2015
Bad Communications
Bad Roads
Roads lead to
nowhere
Broken or Fragile
Bridges
Bridges connect
wrong points
Bridges Still Broken
Bridges destroyed in
2014 are still broken.
Donetsk oblast, North
Fragile Bridges
Temporary bridge in Kharkiv
existed 53 years
Solid Secure Bridges
New bridge built in
Kharkiv, 2011
Absence of Common
Criteria of Evaluation
of Realty
What is the purpose of
this bridge?
Public Spaces
Shaping Community
How to Build Sustainable
Peace in Ukraine
1. Mental border with Russia as a state
and Russian World as an ideology
2. Pers...
“We have to have
the conversations
our governments can't” “Bridge of spies” 2015
Common Future
Kharkiv. 24 May, 2014
Heroes do not die!
Thank you for attention!
Nataliya Zubar, Kharkiv, Ukraine, @nataliezubar
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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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