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Street Performer
Sunny Beach
By Ralf Falbe
10 Aug 2014

Street performer in the evening at Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.

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Ukraine, On the border
Ukraine
By Nicola Bertasi
01 Apr 2014

U Okraina literally means “On the border”. A frontier territory which for hundreds of years has been a bridge between Europe and Russia. Former home of the Rus of Kiev, Ukraine was divided, reassembled, then divided again, enduring centuries of Russian, Austro-Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Turkish influence. Following the thread of news these days, western Ukraine seems to be in revolt against claims of Russian in uence over the region. Testimonies paint a far more complex reality where differing visions and lifestyles coexist. While the educated classes of Lviv claim proximity to Europe, in the rural, agricultural region of Chernivtsi, bordering Moldavia and Romania, people reveal a multi- ethnicity where few speak the Ukrainian language and ethnic origins have never been a real problem. Our journey takes us to Kiev, Lviv, Chernivitsi and Costiceni. One thing is certain: while the attention of world press focuses on trying to understand if Ukraine should look east or west, the country’s economic situation is disastrous, corruption has spread for decades and the growth of nationalism with the specter of war worries many. U Okraina truly is “on the border” and perhaps there’s no other way to define it.

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Ukraine, On the Border
Chernivtsi
By Nicola Bertasi
07 Oct 2010

An old Lada outside the Chernivtsi train station
Une vieille Lada devant la gare de Chernivtsi

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Ukraine, On the Border
Chernivtsi
By Nicola Bertasi
07 Oct 2010

The Ukrainian landscape is dotted with old abandoned Soviet factories, cultivated elds and large forests of white Birch. Every now and then,
like a lighthouse, a silvery dome from an Orthodox church rises up receiving the faint re ections of sunlight.