On 1st May Open Dialog Foundation and European Exchange started the ProjectFostering civic society engagement and promoting democracy amongst Ukrainian youth. The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
While Ukraine welcomed the pilot Nadia Savchenko, freed from the Russian prison, the Odessa court, where the trial of journalist Aleksandr Orlov have been pending for more than 4 years, issued a decision to release the Polish citizen from custody.
For more than 15 years, the illegal prosecution of a 60-year-old citizen of Poland, a member of the Union of Journalists of Ukraine, human rights activist and father of three, including two minors, Aleksander Orlow, has been ongoing in Ukraine.
– “Human power has its source in the soul rather than in the flesh. Life is a difficult business, and therefore it is easier to go through it with a smile on your face”, – Ukrainians in Poland, quoted by foreign media, write in letters to wounded soldiers in Odessa.
In the Ukrainian World centre, run by the Open Dialog Foundation, a Military Post Office was opened, giving the opportunity to residents in Warsaw as well as Ukrainians living in the capital, to send letters to soldiers being treated in the Military Clinical Centre in Odessa.
‘The strength of a human is not in his physical power but in morality. Life is a hard game, but it is easier to live with a smile on your face,’ Ukrainians living in Poland write in their letters addressed to Ukrainian soldiers undergoing medical treatment in an Odessa hospital.
The Odessa tragedy is yet another step in Russia’s plans to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. As a result of the planned provocations, clashes occurred in the city between pro-Ukrainian activists and extremists. 48 people were killed and more than 200 were injured.
In this special edition of TVN 24 Biznes i Świat, Agnieszka Góralska of the Open Dialog Foundation spoke of the situation in Odessa after the fire in the trade unions building, where 31 separatists died.