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Ukraine: a country on a blood-stained quest for identity.

I spent some weeks in Ukraine in 2015, a year after the Maidan protests. I met people from the most diverse social classes. They are all fighting for their idea of Ukraine. In some ways, these ideas are very far apart.

Irina fled from Crimea to Kiev, where she now lives in an abandoned building that used to house the staff of former Ukrainian president Yanukovych.
Ihor was shot in his leg while he was protesting on the Maidan. Like all the wounded protestors, he wants the one who shot him to be sentenced.
Oleg, a 26-year-old IT engineer, lived in Donetsk until he came to Kiev as a leader of the Maidan protests.

The conservative patriarch in the influential Russian Orthodox church, the activists from Crimea, the wounded Maidan demonstrator, the male couple, the nationalist independence fighter - they are all pulling in different directions. Will Ukraine become a liberal and western-oriented state? Will the influence of Russia grow? Or will Ukraine achieve full independence?.

Vladyka Pavel is the leader of the Lavra, the biggest Slavonian monastery, and one of the highest representatives of the Russian orthodox church. He fights against the influence of the West.
People like Revaz, 24, and Vania, 21, don’t live their love openly. In Ukraine, it would be too dangerous for two men or two women to walk hand in hand in the street.
As a trans man, Fritz lives a difficult life in Ukraine.

For the first time in its history, Ukraine has been independent for one-quarter of a century now - and more disjointed than ever. I watched developments in the country with excitement and someconcern. I was preoccupied with the fate of people whom I had met for my reports.

Yuri (not his real name) is a member of the Azov Battalion, a far right, all-volunteer infantry unit forming part of the military reserve of the National Guard of Ukraine. The Azov Battalion is fighting against the separatists in the eastern part of the country. Azov soldiers are often labelled “neo-Nazi”, an accusation that they deny.

Bloody serious by Patrick Rohr on Exposure

In 2015 and 2020, I produced two multimedia reports about the situation in Ukraine. Newspapers in Switzerland and the Netherlands published my pictures and texts, too.

Die Ukraine tanzt sich frei by Patrick Rohr on Exposure
Ukraine Parool Spread
The Het Parool daily newspaper in the Netherlands published the series on Ukraine’s difficult search for identity in a double-page spread.
The Zurich Tages-Anzeiger newspaper ran a page featuring the Ukraine series.
Portrait in the Dutch photo magazine DigiPro.



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