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100 Faces of Ukraine

March 17, 2020

Ostap Lun, businessman from Lviv, founded a ranch “Skarbova Hora” (Treasure Mountain) not far from the city, which is now a place of hippotherapy for children, as well as the starting point for horse tours.

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Katya Akvarelna

Olexandr Makukhin, owner of a farm and cheese factory in the village of Novovoznesenka.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Larysa Boden founded a carpet factory in the village of Liubymivka. They make custom carpets and sell them in dozens of countries.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Olha Kostiuchenko is a craftswoman specialising in woodblock printing, folk embroidery, doll making and pysanka decoration.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Ihor Dzikovskyi, percussionist of the “Odyn v Kanoe” (“Alone in Canoe”) band, promotes plogging in the town of Sosnivka, on the border of Volyn and Halychyna.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Mountain guide Viktor Khudiak. Until 2018, he was the head of the mountain rescue team “Osmoloda” in the Gorgany Massif.

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Alina Kondratenko

Vasyl Kuryshchuk has been developing motorcycle culture in Kosiv for about 40 years. In the building of an old shed, he created his own workshop and mini-museum of antique motorcycles and cars.

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Mykhailo Tafiichuk is a musician and a craftsman of Hutsul folk music instruments. He makes bagpipes, pipes, horns, trembitas, wheel lyres, fiddles, cymbals and other instruments himself.

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Alina Kondratenko

Two girls pose for pictures on a crossing in the village of Orikhivka.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Couple Mykola and Tetiana Vaskevych from the village of Komory know more than a hundred of songs and have performed in the nearby villages

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Mateusz Baj

Oleksii Umanskyi, showman, founder of and presenter at the radio “Yeden”, the first non-commercial Internet radio in Zakarpattia.

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Harry Krisshnan

Serhii Horban, self-taught craftsman, founder of a pottery workshop in Dnipro.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Vitalii Yaryhin, professional pilot, founder of a light aircraft plant and flight school in Shyroke.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Ihor Tabaniuk, professional pilot and instructor, founded a training base for private light aircraft at the aerodrome in Kolomyia.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Yuliia Landau is an organist from Slavutych, who performs solo concerts in her native town as well as in Kyiv and abroad.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Oksana Oliinyk with her family moved from Kyiv to the village of Khrystanivka. There she is developing the local community and organises cultural events for her fellow villagers.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Andrii Sahaidak is a mammalogist and head of the Mizhrichynskyi Landscape Park located in the interstream area of the Dnipro and Desna rivers.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Boy poses for pictures on the street of the town of Novhorod-Siverskyi.

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Ivan Bibik is one of the last potters in Oleshnia. He learnt the craft back in his childhood for it has been a family occupation for generations.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Oleksandr Palariiev and his family revive the village of Frumushyka, founded here as early as the 18th century and destroyed in the Soviet times.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Nadiia Dolhova, head of the Meotyda National Park.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Tetiana Bahtova and her husband Volodymyr have been living in the village near the National Historical and Archaeological Reserve Olbia for 25 years. In their yard, the family of artists decided to reconstruct the lifestyle of Mediterranian people.

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Yurii Stefanyak

Viktor Havrylenko, head of the Biosphere Reserve Askania-Nova.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Oleh and Viktor Tkachenko are twin brothers who work as machine technicians at a motive-power depot in the town of Snovsk. Their depot is one of the last ones in Ukraine which does specialised repairs to steam locomotives.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Oleksii Nelup is a co-founder of an art hamlet “Baranivka in Poltavshchyna.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Roman Vashchenko is director of a circus studio Jin Roh in Kherson, which creates unique world-class shows and tours around the world.

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Alina Kondratenko

Mariia Heletiuk, craftswoman from the Carpathians, knits socks and sweaters from wool.

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Paraska Romaniuk from the Carpathian village of Topilche is a master of unique Hutsul singing techniques. Together with her husband and son, they bake bread following a special recipe and sell it to the nearby villages.

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Alina Kondratenko

Vasyl Omelianenko is one of the oldest potters in Opishne. He has worked with clay all his life since the age of nine.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Vasyl Petrychuk and his wife live and work on the Sokilskyi Ridge, between the villages of Babyn and Yavoriv. The couple have both been involved in sheep farming and cheesemaking all their lives.

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Blacksmith Leonid Filonenko works in the smithy on the territory of “Zernoland”, an agricultural tourist complex.

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Katya Akvarelna

Oleksii Zaichenko, guide of the Odyntsivskyi windmill in the village of Ivkivtsi.

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Natalia and Petro Didula have five children. Their two sons, Yurko and Pavlo, are the founders of the BUR (Buduyemo Ukrayinu Razom — Building Ukraine Together) programme and the Free Space, a network of alternative dormitories. Their three daughters Galya, Marta, and Gannusia are graduates of the Ukrainian Leadership Academy and students of the Ukrainian Catholic University, but also founders of the Marvellous Kayak, a social tourism business. However, this is far from a complete list of social projects of the Didula family. They live in a small house in Ryasne, a part of Lviv remote from the centre.

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Katya Akvarelna

Pavlo Bilous, veteran of the war with Russia, poses for pictures with his family near his newly-built dome home.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Roman Husar, co-founder of a glassware studio in Sosnivka, where they create mainly smoking tools — pipes and bubblers.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Oleksa Mann, Ukrainian artist, essayist, art curator, illustrator from Uzhhorod.

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Harry Krisshnan

Andrii Kharkovskyi is passionate about BMX bikes and spends his free time in Lysychansk skatepark.

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Artem Galkin

Bohdan Chaban from Donetsk is an activist, volunteer, and member of the Veterano Group team. In 2016, he founded a coffeehouse “Izba Chytalnia” in Mariupol.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Lida Kryshtop supervises several environmental projects in Cherkasy. One of them is a plastic recycling workshop.

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Alina Kondratenko

Larysa Shyshka and her husband founded a sailing school on an island in Kherson and work there as trainers.

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Alina Kondratenko

Oleksandr Shkurapet, metal artist from Kremenchuk, has been doing decorative ironwork for decades.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Ivan Hura takes care of a big bee yard in the village of Yuryivka, which has fewer than 20 inhabitants.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Oleh Kirashchuk, pysanka maker from Kolomyia and veteran of the military action in the east of Ukraine.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Leonid Pasko is a radio amateur, history teacher, leader of a unit in the Plast Scout Organization in Svitlovodsk.

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Alina Kondratenko

Dariya Alyoshkina, craftswoman from Lviv, creates large vytynanka curtains for modern interiors and public institutions.

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Alina Rudya

Girl looks out from the yard in the village of Iza, which is the centre of wickerwork in Zakarpattia.

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Yurii Stefanyak

Stepan Chokhniai lives in the village of Iza, where the majority of the locals make wicker products. Stepan and his family also weave and sell their wickerwork in a shop near the house.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Olexandr Shkalikov, ceramist and author of cultural projects from Zaporizhzhia.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Serhii Velchev, engineer from Odesa and founder of the EcoFactor company, develops charging stations for electric vehicles together with his team.

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Yurii Stefanyak

Ovnan Manukian, sculptor from Odesa, creates sculptures out of wood with the help of a chainsaw. He takes an active part in the life of the Armenian community in Odesa.

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Olha Zhukova and her husband Mykhailo decided to move back to the village of Ivanivka. They bought a house and turned it into “Mariikyna Sadyba”, where they host people all year round. They have also launched their home production of eco products.

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Сraftswoman Hanna Kopylchuk has been making lizhnyky, woven products of sheep wool, since childhood.

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Nick Zavilinskyi

Myroslav Yasinskyi, artist, illustrator, and teacher from Kolomyia.

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Katya Akvarelna

Yuriy Fylyuk and his team started revitalising an old plant “Promprylad” in Ivano-Frankivsk, transforming it into a modern business cluster. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska.

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Albert Fedotov, farmer from the town of Oleshky, grows grapes, collects different varieties and feels that viticulture is his vocation.

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Alina Kondratenko

Oleksandr Rybak carries out the duties of the deputy chairman of the board in the international public organisation “Pripyat.com” that explores the town.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Woman from the village of Holovkivka works in her garden. In this village, which is located to the south of Cherkasy, the locals grow many varieties of potatoes and strive to make a tourist brand out of this vegetable.

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Katya Akvarelna

Lidiia Horiainova (Krause) is a representative of the German community in the village of Kostiantynivka, near Melitopol.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Nazar Kmit, co-founder of a dairy farm and cheese factory in the village of Uhersko.

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Khrystyna Kulakovska

Dmytro Chychera, co-founder of a free space “Khalabuda” in Mariupol.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Serhii Kovalenkov is a founder of a Ukrainian startup that produces building materials from industrial hemp.

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Oleksandr Khomenko

Nazar Bozhynskyi is an associate professor of the Department of Urban Studies in Kharkiv and a kobzar and kobza maker at the same time.

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Segiy Sverdelov

Kateryna Sokurenko, volunteer of a public organisation “No Waste Ukraine”.

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Olha Cherniavska, curator of educational projects of a public organisation “No Waste Ukraine”.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Oleksandr Prykhnenko, writer and photographer from Henichesk.

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Borys Hora, speleologist, guide, and traveller, lives at his speleo base camp and gives tours to the cave Mlynky.

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Polina Zabizhko

Boy, who grazes sheep in the village of Orikhivka. It is one of the many villages of Bessarabia where the Bulgarian community lives compactly.

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Sergiy Korovaynyi

Illia Zubkov has been a resident of a public workshop “Garage-Hub” for two years. The workshop in Kharkiv became one of the first coworking spaces for engineers in Ukraine and a platform for implementation of social, educational, and technological initiatives.

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Segiy Sverdelov

Olena Honcharuk, director of the Museum of Cinema at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Halyna Symkha is the founder of the first private enterprise in Ukraine that attained a special permit to mine amber. She conducts numerous social activities aiming at changing the attitude to amber in Ukraine and turning it into high-quality competitive products rather than raw material.

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Mykola Korol

Hordii Starukh, sculptor and multi-instrumentalist from Lviv, decided to revive the lyre craft and now makes wheel lyres by himself.

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Alina Rudya

Ivan Rusiev, head of the scientific department of the Tuzly Estuaries National Park.

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Yuliia Kochetova-Nabozhniak

Couple Serafym and Halyna Lesko come from the village of Velyka Yaromyrka. Serafym single-handedly created a museum of the village collecting the artefacts for dozens of years.

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Polina Zabizhko

Dmytro Buriakivskyi and his wife Iryna moved from the city to the village of Hryshkivka. In the middle of a one-hectare plot of wasteland, they built a house and a greenhouse, planted trees and vegetables, started raising cattle, set up a bee yard, and built a pond.

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Segiy Sverdelov

Andrii Ulianytskyi, together with his wife Lidiia, revives the technique of making black-smoked ceramics in Chervonohrad.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Yurko Fedynskyj is a bandura player, composer, and musical instruments craftsman. He was born in the USA and came back to the independent Ukraine to improve his skills of playing the bandura.

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Taras Kovalchuk

Inhabitant of the village Perekop located 30 kilometres from Henichesk. The village is home to only a handful of people.

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Olena Samofalova works at the parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in Melitopol. She cooks and hands out food to the homeless and organises social support for the families in need.

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Dmytro Bartosh

Maryna Samokhina, director of a screen printing studio, which is a part of the creative workshops space IZONE.

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Yurii Stefanyak

Woman poses for pictures on the road in the village of Svalovychi. Sitting almost on the very border with Belarus, the village is inhabited by just a couple of dozen elderly people, mostly women.

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Halyna Dolnyk, founder of the “Knyharnia-Kaviarnia” (“Bookshop Сoffeehouse”) with Ukrainian books on Katerynynska Street in Odesa.

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During the last four years, we drove over 150,000 kilometres within Ukraine, visited all regions, except the occupied territories, shot hundreds of hours of video, and took millions of photos. We always try to show you Ukraine from a different perspective, from an angle that you might not have seen before, that was unnoticeable in the huge information flow. This time we want to show you a selection of photographs: the Faces of Ukraine. 16 historical regions, 100 people from all over Ukraine, and portraits of dozens of photographers that have travelled with us.

Ostap Lun, businessman from Lviv, founded a ranch “Skarbova Hora” (Treasure Mountain) not far from the city, which is now a place of hippotherapy for children, as well as the starting point for horse tours. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Olexandr Makukhin, owner of a farm and cheese factory in the village of Novovoznesenka. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Larysa Boden founded a carpet factory in the village of Liubymivka. They make custom carpets and sell them in dozens of countries. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Olha Kostiuchenko is a craftswoman specialising in woodblock printing, folk embroidery, doll making and pysanka decoration. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Ihor Dzikovskyi, percussionist of the “Odyn v Kanoe” (“Alone in Canoe”) band, promotes plogging in the town of Sosnivka, on the border of Volyn and Halychyna. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Mountain guide Viktor Khudiak. Until 2018, he was the head of the mountain rescue team “Osmoloda” in the Gorgany Massif. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Vasyl Kuryshchuk has been developing motorcycle culture in Kosiv for about 40 years. In the building of an old shed, he created his own workshop and mini-museum of antique motorcycles and cars. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Mykhailo Tafiichuk is a musician and a craftsman of Hutsul folk music instruments. He makes bagpipes, pipes, horns, trembitas, wheel lyres, fiddles, cymbals and other instruments himself. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Two girls pose for pictures on a crossing in the village of Orikhivka. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Couple Mykola and Tetiana Vaskevych from the village of Komory know more than a hundred of songs and have performed in the nearby villages Photo: Mateusz Baj

Oleksii Umanskyi, showman, founder of and presenter at the radio “Yeden”, the first non-commercial Internet radio in Zakarpattia. Photo: Harry Krisshnan

Serhii Horban, self-taught craftsman, founder of a pottery workshop in Dnipro. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Vitalii Yaryhin, professional pilot, founder of a light aircraft plant and flight school in Shyroke. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Ihor Tabaniuk, professional pilot and instructor, founded a training base for private light aircraft at the aerodrome in Kolomyia. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Yuliia Landau is an organist from Slavutych, who performs solo concerts in her native town as well as in Kyiv and abroad. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Oksana Oliinyk with her family moved from Kyiv to the village of Khrystanivka. There she is developing the local community and organises cultural events for her fellow villagers. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Andrii Sahaidak is a mammalogist and head of the Mizhrichynskyi Landscape Park located in the interstream area of the Dnipro and Desna rivers. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Boy poses for pictures on the street of the town of Novhorod-Siverskyi. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Ivan Bibik is one of the last potters in Oleshnia. He learnt the craft back in his childhood for it has been a family occupation for generations. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Oleksandr Palariiev and his family revive the village of Frumushyka, founded here as early as the 18th century and destroyed in the Soviet times. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Nadiia Dolhova, head of the Meotyda National Park. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Tetiana Bahtova and her husband Volodymyr have been living in the village near the National Historical and Archaeological Reserve Olbia for 25 years. In their yard, the family of artists decided to reconstruct the lifestyle of Mediterranian people. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Viktor Havrylenko, head of the Biosphere Reserve Askania-Nova. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Oleh and Viktor Tkachenko are twin brothers who work as machine technicians at a motive-power depot in the town of Snovsk. Their depot is one of the last ones in Ukraine which does specialised repairs to steam locomotives. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Oleksii Nelup is a co-founder of an art hamlet “Baranivka in Poltavshchyna. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Roman Vashchenko is director of a circus studio Jin Roh in Kherson, which creates unique world-class shows and tours around the world. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Mariia Heletiuk, craftswoman from the Carpathians, knits socks and sweaters from wool. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Paraska Romaniuk from the Carpathian village of Topilche is a master of unique Hutsul singing techniques. Together with her husband and son, they bake bread following a special recipe and sell it to the nearby villages. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Vasyl Omelianenko is one of the oldest potters in Opishne. He has worked with clay all his life since the age of nine. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Vasyl Petrychuk and his wife live and work on the Sokilskyi Ridge, between the villages of Babyn and Yavoriv. The couple have both been involved in sheep farming and cheesemaking all their lives. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Blacksmith Leonid Filonenko works in the smithy on the territory of “Zernoland”, an agricultural tourist complex. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Oleksii Zaichenko, guide of the Odyntsivskyi windmill in the village of Ivkivtsi. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Natalia and Petro Didula have five children. Their two sons, Yurko and Pavlo, are the founders of the BUR (Buduyemo Ukrayinu Razom — Building Ukraine Together) programme and the Free Space, a network of alternative dormitories. Their three daughters Galya, Marta, and Gannusia are graduates of the Ukrainian Leadership Academy and students of the Ukrainian Catholic University, but also founders of the Marvellous Kayak, a social tourism business. However, this is far from a complete list of social projects of the Didula family. They live in a small house in Ryasne, a part of Lviv remote from the centre. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Pavlo Bilous, veteran of the war with Russia, poses for pictures with his family near his newly-built dome home. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Roman Husar, co-founder of a glassware studio in Sosnivka, where they create mainly smoking tools — pipes and bubblers. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Oleksa Mann, Ukrainian artist, essayist, art curator, illustrator from Uzhhorod. Photo: Harry Krisshnan

Andrii Kharkovskyi is passionate about BMX bikes and spends his free time in Lysychansk skatepark. Photo: Artem Galkin

Bohdan Chaban from Donetsk is an activist, volunteer, and member of the Veterano Group team. In 2016, he founded a coffeehouse “Izba Chytalnia” in Mariupol. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Lida Kryshtop supervises several environmental projects in Cherkasy. One of them is a plastic recycling workshop. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Larysa Shyshka and her husband founded a sailing school on an island in Kherson and work there as trainers. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Oleksandr Shkurapet, metal artist from Kremenchuk, has been doing decorative ironwork for decades. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Ivan Hura takes care of a big bee yard in the village of Yuryivka, which has fewer than 20 inhabitants. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Oleh Kirashchuk, pysanka maker from Kolomyia and veteran of the military action in the east of Ukraine. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Leonid Pasko is a radio amateur, history teacher, leader of a unit in the Plast Scout Organization in Svitlovodsk. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Dariya Alyoshkina, craftswoman from Lviv, creates large vytynanka curtains for modern interiors and public institutions. Photo: Alina Rudya

Girl looks out from the yard in the village of Iza, which is the centre of wickerwork in Zakarpattia. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Stepan Chokhniai lives in the village of Iza, where the majority of the locals make wicker products. Stepan and his family also weave and sell their wickerwork in a shop near the house. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Olexandr Shkalikov, ceramist and author of cultural projects from Zaporizhzhia. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Serhii Velchev, engineer from Odesa and founder of the EcoFactor company, develops charging stations for electric vehicles together with his team. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Ovnan Manukian, sculptor from Odesa, creates sculptures out of wood with the help of a chainsaw. He takes an active part in the life of the Armenian community in Odesa. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Olha Zhukova and her husband Mykhailo decided to move back to the village of Ivanivka. They bought a house and turned it into “Mariikyna Sadyba”, where they host people all year round. They have also launched their home production of eco products. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Сraftswoman Hanna Kopylchuk has been making lizhnyky, woven products of sheep wool, since childhood. Photo: Nick Zavilinskyi

Myroslav Yasinskyi, artist, illustrator, and teacher from Kolomyia. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Yuriy Fylyuk and his team started revitalising an old plant “Promprylad” in Ivano-Frankivsk, transforming it into a modern business cluster. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Albert Fedotov, farmer from the town of Oleshky, grows grapes, collects different varieties and feels that viticulture is his vocation. Photo: Alina Kondratenko

Oleksandr Rybak carries out the duties of the deputy chairman of the board in the international public organisation “Pripyat.com” that explores the town. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Woman from the village of Holovkivka works in her garden. In this village, which is located to the south of Cherkasy, the locals grow many varieties of potatoes and strive to make a tourist brand out of this vegetable. Photo: Katya Akvarelna

Lidiia Horiainova (Krause) is a representative of the German community in the village of Kostiantynivka, near Melitopol. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Nazar Kmit, co-founder of a dairy farm and cheese factory in the village of Uhersko. Photo: Khrystyna Kulakovska

Dmytro Chychera, co-founder of a free space “Khalabuda” in Mariupol. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Serhii Kovalenkov is a founder of a Ukrainian startup that produces building materials from industrial hemp. Photo: Oleksandr Khomenko

Nazar Bozhynskyi is an associate professor of the Department of Urban Studies in Kharkiv and a kobzar and kobza maker at the same time. Photo: Segiy Sverdelov

Kateryna Sokurenko, volunteer of a public organisation “No Waste Ukraine”. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Olha Cherniavska, curator of educational projects of a public organisation “No Waste Ukraine”. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Oleksandr Prykhnenko, writer and photographer from Henichesk. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Borys Hora, speleologist, guide, and traveller, lives at his speleo base camp and gives tours to the cave Mlynky. Photo: Polina Zabizhko

Boy, who grazes sheep in the village of Orikhivka. It is one of the many villages of Bessarabia where the Bulgarian community lives compactly. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Illia Zubkov has been a resident of a public workshop “Garage-Hub” for two years. The workshop in Kharkiv became one of the first coworking spaces for engineers in Ukraine and a platform for implementation of social, educational, and technological initiatives. Photo: Segiy Sverdelov

Olena Honcharuk, director of the Museum of Cinema at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Halyna Symkha is the founder of the first private enterprise in Ukraine that attained a special permit to mine amber. She conducts numerous social activities aiming at changing the attitude to amber in Ukraine and turning it into high-quality competitive products rather than raw material. Photo: Mykola Korol

Hordii Starukh, sculptor and multi-instrumentalist from Lviv, decided to revive the lyre craft and now makes wheel lyres by himself. Photo: Alina Rudya

Ivan Rusiev, head of the scientific department of the Tuzly Estuaries National Park. Photo: Yuliia Kochetova-Nabozhniak

Couple Serafym and Halyna Lesko come from the village of Velyka Yaromyrka. Serafym single-handedly created a museum of the village collecting the artefacts for dozens of years. Photo: Polina Zabizhko

Dmytro Buriakivskyi and his wife Iryna moved from the city to the village of Hryshkivka. In the middle of a one-hectare plot of wasteland, they built a house and a greenhouse, planted trees and vegetables, started raising cattle, set up a bee yard, and built a pond. Photo: Segiy Sverdelov

Andrii Ulianytskyi, together with his wife Lidiia, revives the technique of making black-smoked ceramics in Chervonohrad. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Yurko Fedynskyj is a bandura player, composer, and musical instruments craftsman. He was born in the USA and came back to the independent Ukraine to improve his skills of playing the bandura. Photo: Taras Kovalchuk

Inhabitant of the village Perekop located 30 kilometres from Henichesk. The village is home to only a handful of people. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Olena Samofalova works at the parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in Melitopol. She cooks and hands out food to the homeless and organises social support for the families in need. Photo: Dmytro Bartosh

Maryna Samokhina, director of a screen printing studio, which is a part of the creative workshops space IZONE. Photo: Yurii Stefanyak

Woman poses for pictures on the road in the village of Svalovychi. Sitting almost on the very border with Belarus, the village is inhabited by just a couple of dozen elderly people, mostly women. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

Halyna Dolnyk, founder of the “Knyharnia-Kaviarnia” (“Bookshop Сoffeehouse”) with Ukrainian books on Katerynynska Street in Odesa. Photo: Sergiy Korovaynyi

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