Spotlight on Ukraine: Interview with Oksana Lemishka

Oksana Lemishka talks about how well Ukrainian people, state and society are able to cope with the threat from Russia.

Interview Video Updated 2 March 2022 Published 15 February 2022 7 minute watch

Spotlight on Ukraine: Interview with Oksana Lemishka

— With continued Russian military build-up around Ukraine’s borders, Oksana Lemishka talks about how well Ukrainian people, state and society are able to cope with the threat.

Oksana, who is a sociologist and ex-lead of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development, outlines her analysis based on the following questions:

  • How cohesive is Ukrainian society in assessing the Russian threat?
  • How are people coping?
  • How effective is the Russian effort to undermine confidence in the Ukrainian state and its ruling elite?
  • What could be done to strengthen the resilience of Ukrainian society in view of aggressive Russia?

The video was produced by Public Interest Journalism Lab.

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