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There’s something happening in Russia, but as of midnight tonight EDT, what is going on is not clear.


Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, has been increasingly critical of Russia’s military leaders over the past few months, and today he accused the Russian military of attacking his forces. He announced that he was leading his soldiers from Ukraine into Russia, where he promised to retaliate against the leaders of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In response, Russian generals accused him of “organizing an armed rebellion” against Russian president Vladimir Putin and said there was no basis for his accusations.

Rumors and unsubstantiated videos of tanks have circulated on social media ever since, with Prigozhin saying his forces crossed back into Russia’s Rostov oblast—more than 600 miles from Moscow—without any resistance by border guards. The Kremlin says that it has strengthened security measures in Moscow.

The Institute for the Study of War, which assesses such events, writes that Prigozhin likely intends for the Wagner group to remove the current leadership of the Ministry of Defense in Rostov-on-Don. Since that city houses the command center for the Russian Joint Group of Forces in Ukraine, the ISW writes, such a struggle would have “significant impacts” on the Ukraine war. The city also is home to what former director for European affairs for the U.S. National Security Council Alexander Vindman called “enormous stockpiles” of weapons that could fall into the hands of the Wagner Group.

As of midnight, Putin has not appeared on television to comment on events, which does not bode well for his control of the situation. The Kremlin did release a prerecorded video for young people on Youth Day in which he urged them to “dream bravely.”

There are no good guys in this struggle. Prigozhin is wanted by the FBI for his involvement in the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He funded the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which flooded social media with messages designed to help Trump win the presidency, and his mercenaries have been committing war crimes in Ukraine and African countries, where they often support dictators. And Putin is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

What we can say with certainty is that this internal struggle shows that Putin’s hold over Russia is weak and that there are significant challenges to it before Russia’s next presidential election, which is supposed to be held on March 17, 2024. It is also certain that this internal fighting is a product of the war against Ukraine going badly for Russia and that it will hurt Russia’s war effort going forward.

As Yale professor Timothy Snyder put it: “wars end when the domestic political system is under pressure.”


Source: Heather Cox Richardson



Fight against the Russification of Mariupol

Fight against the Russification of Mariupol
Project editorial content organized by the Ukrainian Institute
Production in concert with Dynamisch Archief

Agora Mariupol



Light in Darkness


'I'm not a soldier, but I want to fight. An artist has the power to tilt public opinion. Art is political. Why don't we use it to fight the evils of this world?”

Vlad Detiuchenko, choreographer and dancer from Kyiv



This play was a part of the festival L’viv Quadrennial of Scenography conducted by Scenography Gallery in 2021

Read more about the L’viv Quadrennial



Russia's Bolshoi Theater has permanently dropped a ballet about Russian dance legend Rudolf Nureyev following the toughening of "gay propaganda" legislation, its director said on Wednesday. 

SOURCE: The Moscow Times April 20, 2023



Pathway: Ukraine

February 24 of this year marks a new reality on the global geopolitical field. The Russian invasion of Ukraine added a new tragic chapter to the war started in 2014. The films in this pathway will carry us to Ukraine over the past few years, they will introduce us to Ukrainian people, old and young, civilians and armed, and will help us see the human condition in war, the resilience of those under extreme danger and hardship, and our own compassion.




From a thriving city to a war-torn ruin. The people of Mariupol share powerful and shocking stories of bravery, loss and determination as the Ukraine war unfolded.

The documentary can be viewed with Dutch subtitles on 2DOC Till February 7, between 8PM and 6AM.

The documentary can also be viewed in at BBC (BBC iPlayer only works in the UK)



Ukrainians are fighting for their lives on the front lines of the free world. Today, and every day, they deserve America’s unyielding support,”

Janet Yellen, Monday February 27



The Pentagon is blocking the Biden administration from sharing with the International Criminal Court in The Hague evidence gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian atrocities in Ukraine, according to current and former officials briefed on the matter.
U.S. military leaders oppose such help because they fear setting a precedent that might help pave the way for the court to prosecute Americans. The rest of the administration favors giving the evidence to the court, the officials said. President Biden has yet to resolve the impasse, they added.
The evidence is said to include details relevant to an investigation that the chief prosecutor of the court, Karim Khan, began after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The information reportedly includes material about decisions by Russian officials to deliberately target civilian infrastructure and to abduct thousands of Ukrainian children from occupied territory.


'Ukraine: the path to freedom'

The exhibition 'Ukraine: the path to freedom' presents the work of 27 Ukrainian artists until December 4 in the Akerk in Groningen (the Netherlands).

photo: Mila Teshaieva


Bring a flower on March 16, 2023

Bring a flower on March 16, 2023

commemoration of the bombing of the Mariupol Theater

The agenda will feature the works of individual Ukrainian artists and companies.
The current invasion of the Russian army in Ukraine resulted in the current diaspora.
Dynamic Archive supports and maintains the project.




Demonstrations in various cities in the Netherlands
Photo: Amsterdam Dam square, 24 February 2023


Twenty days in mariupol

‘20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL’ to Make World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Directed by Ukrainian AP video journalist Mstyslav Chernov, the film will world premiere in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Competition in January 2023


People take shelter in a youth theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 6, 2022. Still from FRONTLINE PBS and AP’s feature film “20 Days in Mariupol.” (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)



Concert in the dark

Members of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine performing in Kyiv.
December 2022
(source: David Guttenfelder for The New York Times)


A 100-Year Celebration of "Carol of the Bells"

A 100-Year Celebration of "Carol of the Bells"

Martin Scorsesi speaks at the concert

Visit the Ukrainian Institute website and concert


Boris Mikhailov: Ukrainian Diary’

A new nation needs heroes, but when the mayhem comes suddenly, you take whatever heroes you can get.

In 1991, as the Soviet Union lurched to dissolution and Ukraine prepared to declare independence, photographer Boris Mikhailov fabricated a new self-portrait, wearing a military uniform and looking straight-on like a Moscow official. But on his green jacket, traditional Ukrainian embroidery had been slapped on top of the Soviet insignia. (read more)

Through Jan. 15 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris


Support for Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands

The Dutch government has announced that it will allocate 1 million euros to support artists who were forced to flee their country after the Russian attack on Ukraine and are living in the Netherlands, to enable them to continue their work here. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, each allocating € 500,000. The Dutch Foundation for Literature is coordinating this support programme on behalf of the six national cultural foundations.

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Ukraine in the spotlights of the Frankfurt Book Fair

At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called on authors to document the terror unleashed by Russia's invasion.
DW talked to authors at the publishing event.

Source: Deutsche Welle (DW)