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Piotr Andrusieczko

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Piotr Andrusieczko is one of the prominent Polish journalists, a special correspondent for influential daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and contributing author for the monthly magazine New Eastern Europe as well as many other: Polish Radio, TV and print media. For six years already he has been an editor-in-chief of “Ukrainian Magazine” NGO published monthly in the Czech Republic and financed by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. He received his Master’s Degree in Ethnology and PhD in the East Department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in 2003. He wrote his thesis on “Interethnic relations in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union”. Since then he has been the author of several dozens of science articles on Post-Soviet territories issues. He organised conferences and discussions on Polish-Ukrainian relationship issues and post-communist areas of transformation. He received scholarships for his internships in Ukrainian Universities and Academy. From 2004 till 2014 he was a University teacher of Department of Eastern European Studies in Pomeranian Academy, Slupsk, Poland. In 2014 he gave up his science career and switched to journalist completely. He’s been working as a reporter since 1999 and his main fields of interest are conflicts and transformations on post-communist territories. For many years he covered Ukrainian politics, conflict, revolutions, also Moldova elections, Azerbaijan energy security, Georgia during the conflict in 2008, Turkey during recent terrorist attacks. For his outstanding coverage of Maidan Revolution in Ukraine as well as conflicts in Crimea and Donbass he was named a Grand Press Journalist of the year in Poland in 2014. That year he was also shortlisted for Media Tory journalist prize in Poland for brave and innovative coverage of Ukrainian conflict. In October 2016 Piotr Andrusieczko opened his photo exhibition in European Parliament, Brussels. It was called “Refugees Diaries” and dedicated to the conflict in Ukraine. He has been living in Kyiv since 2013.

21 March 2019

Trans-Ukraine

Opowieść pokazująca Ukrainę od Zachodu po Wschód. Od Użgorodu, przez Karpaty, Lwów, Kijów, Sumy czy Charków aż po Łysyczańsk. Pociąg numer 045Л pokonuje tę trasę w ponad 32 godziny a z okien podziwiamy zmieniający się krajobraz i historie z Ukrainy.
Piotr Andrusieczko, Marcin Suder, Jakub Górnicki
28 January 2019
Europe, Ukraine

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine – between faith and politics

The independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine has become a reality, and that event can be considered as one of the most important in the history of independent Ukraine, not only spiritual but also political. Undoubtedly, it is a success of Petro Poroshenko, whose pools went up after the establishment of the new Orthodox Church, according […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
8 January 2019
Europe, Ukraine

A champagne made in Donbas

Posh shops and boutiques are located on the main street of Kyiv in a (a large department store), renovated by Rinat Akhmetov, the wealthiest Ukrainian. It is a kind of an island of luxury, where many Kyiv residents and guests come just to have a walk because it’s Centralnyj Uniwersalnyj Magazin! There is a terrace […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
17 December 2018
Europe, Ukraine

“None of us – lawyers, human rights defenders – deal with extremist activity!”

On December 7, a Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov was sentenced to five days in jail by a Russian court in Simferopol. He is a well-known human rights defender, who has been active in political trials since the annexation of Crimea by Russia. On December 6 in Simferopol Emil Kurbedinov was arrested by officers of […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
10 December 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Martial law (kind of)

Martial law was imposed in 10 Oblasts of Ukraine. That is the response of President Petro Poroshenko and the Ukrainian parliament to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships on November 25. They were fired on, 24 sailors were imprisoned. Six of them were wounded. However, the Ukrainian martial law does not resemble the Polish one in December 1981.
Piotr Andrusieczko
4 November 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Waiting for a new Orthodox Church

A new concerning the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is about to be issued soon. The assembly of representatives of three Orthodox Churches operating in Ukraine should reach an agreement on the establishment of the Church. Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will give it autonomy. However, this process may not be easy.
Piotr Andrusieczko
26 October 2018
Europe, Ukraine

The Line

The Line is an interactive report about forgotten by some and lasting four years war in Ukraine, about the fate of people which suddenly had to face the reality of war.
Piotr Andrusieczko, Marcin Suder
15 October 2018
Europe, Ukraine

The Benyash’s case – state vs. defense attorneys

The Russian city of Krasnodar, the capital of a region located on the Black Sea coastline, is now the scene of a conflict which probably remains unknown to the holidaymakers enjoying their time in the palmshade. This clash, however, could have far-reaching consequences for the whole Russian society. On September 9th, when the illegal protests […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
24 September 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Putin’s comrade is back

The presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in Ukraine next year. It may lead to the opening of the next battlefront – a political one, in addition to the military one. In Kiev, no one doubts Russia will try to interfere with internal Ukrainian affairs and have an influence on the election results. Viktor […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
3 September 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Another conflict between Kiev and Budapest

At the end of July, the Hungarian government created the post of the Authorized Minister for development of Zakarpattia region and for development programs of the kindergartens of the Carpathian Basin. In Kiev, it was understood as an attempt to undermine Ukrainian sovereignty in Zakarpattia. It is another step in complicating Ukrainian-Hungarian relations, which have […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
6 August 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Something more than a sport

In Poland, if you ask someone about Ukrainian boxing, you will probably hear three words: the Klitschko brothers. Vitali Klitschko is no longer fighting, he has entered the politics, and he has been the Mayor of Kiev for several years. The younger Vladimir called it a day in 2017 and also stopped boxing. Nowadays Ukraine […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
24 July 2018
Europe, Ukraine

The suspended war

The so-called ‘bread ceasefire’ has been ongoing in Donbass since July 1st. According to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the situation on the dividing line has improved considerably. However, this does not mean that no shots are fired.
Piotr Andrusieczko
29 June 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Senstov’s struggle

The World Cup in Russia is going well, but Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian director from Crimea, is still struggling in a Russian prison in the Arctic Circle. He has started a hunger strike on May 14. Sentenced by a Russian court to 20 years imprisonment for terrorism, Sentsov becomes a symbol of opposition to the […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
18 June 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Sanctions imposed on WebMoney

Sanctions have been imposed on WebMoney, a popular in Ukraine online payment settlement system, by the Ukrainian authorities. The company found itself on the same list as many other enterprises and private individuals. Thus, bank accounts of 4 million Ukrainians were blocked. Such unexpected decision caused problems not only for private persons, but also for […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
26 May 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Kiev awaits football fans

How to get to Kiev? How to spend there some time without spending a fortune on accommodation in the capital of Ukraine? These are the questions that bother many Liverpool and Real Madrid fans. These teams will play in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on 26 May. According to newspapers in Spain and […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
25 May 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Crimea with a bridge and repressions

President Vladimir Putin was driving one of the lorries that officially tested the so-called Crimean bridge on May 15th. The construction connects the annexed Crimea with continental Russia. The event took place three days before the tragic anniversary of the Crimean Tatars – on May 18th, 1944 more than 180,000 Tatars were deported from the […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
15 May 2018
Europe, Ukraine

A shift during electoral race in Ukraine

The presidential election in Ukraine will be held next year, but the unofficial election campaign is already under way. Until recently, the situation was simple – the most serious competitors were the Acting President, Petro Poroshenko and the former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. However, recent polls show significant changes in the electoral rankings.
Piotr Andrusieczko
11 May 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Kiev wants an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The President Petro Poroshenko officially asked the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, to issue of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported Poroshenko, whose unexpected move caused numerous comments. The President’s critics claim it was all politically motivated. Less than a year remained till the next presidential election and Poroshenko losses […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
24 April 2018
Europe, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Army takes control over the military operation in Donbas

On 30 April, four years after the official launch of the anti-terrorist operation in the east of Ukraine (ATO), it will be redefined into the Joint Forces Operation. It means a change of leadership of further combat operations in Donbas – the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU) will replace the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
20 April 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Tymoshenko, Gaddafi’s money and Manafort’s operations

Yulia Tymoshenko’s 2010 presidential campaign may have been financed by Muammar Gaddafi. Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) has started its investigation on the issue. Moreover, according to “The Guardian”, Paul Manafort, a famous American lobbyist, between 2011 and 2012 ran an operation aimed at discrediting Tymoshenko.
Piotr Andrusieczko
13 April 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Was Savchenko planning to overthrow the Ukrainian authorities?

Nadiya Savchenko, a deputy and Ukraine’s hero, will remain in custody until May 20. She is accused of conspiring, planning terrorist attacks and a possible coup. However, Savchenko did not stop her political activity after being arrested, as some people predicted. On March 22, when Savchenko was detained, News One TV station began broadcasting an […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
22 March 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Putin scores record-high election result (but not among the Crimean Tatars)

Crimea and Sevastopol were among the regions where Vladimir Putin achieved the highest electoral results in the recent presidential election. Reelected for a second 6-year term, he received almost 77% of the votes nationwide. According to the official data and Sevastopol he was supported by 92.2% and 90.2% of the voters in the respective regions.
Piotr Andrusieczko
12 March 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Freed the POWs and planned terrorist attacks?

On March 9th, Volodymyr Ruban, the head of Ukraine’s Prisoner of War Exchange Center was charged with illegal arms possession and organizing terrorist attacks on the highest-ranking state officials (including the President and the Minister of Internal Affairs). A day earlier he was detained while attempting to leave the territories controlled by the pro-Russian forces […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
24 February 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Who was shooting during Euromaidan? Four years have passed, and Ukraine is still trying to find the guilty ones.

On 18-20 February, the Ukrainians commemorated for the fourth time the tragic ending of the Euromaidan – peaceful protests, which turned into bloody clashes. In those days, candles burn in the centre of Kiev, a mournful music can be heard, and people leave flowers where the protesters were killed. The victims are known as the […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
15 February 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Ukraine is not glad about the amendment to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN)

Ukrainian commentators believe that the Polish authorities have lost their geopolitical awareness. Many of them think that Poland has come so far in the changes concerning historical policy because Polish authorities favour a “third party” – interested in dismantling Polish-Ukrainian relationships and weakening both neighbouring states.
Piotr Andrusieczko
1 February 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Yanukovych’s trial has started

The trial of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has started in the Obołoński District Court of Kiev. He is accused of treason and the attempt against the territorial integrity of the country. There are ongoing hearings of witnesses. They may not only have an influence on the sentence for the former President – he faces a […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
22 January 2018
Europe, Ukraine

New Ukrainian law defines Russia as “an aggressor state” and raises controversy among human rights defenders

On January 18, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law defining Russia as the “aggressor state” which conducts combat operations in the east of Ukraine and occupies part of the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts. However, some of the provisions in the documents do not please human rights defenders. 280 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
15 January 2018
Europe, Ukraine

The Ukrainians are still detained by the Russians and the separatists

from the imprisonment by pro-Russian fighters before the New Year. According to Ukrainian data, over 100 Ukrainians are still being held on the territory of unrecognized republics, but the number may be higher, as more than 400 people were found missing after the combat operations in Donbass. The detainees’ families appeal to the international community […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
9 January 2018
Europe, Ukraine

Catalan separatism with Ukraine and Russia in the background

The events that took place in Catalonia last autumn became one of the most important and most frequently discussed issues in the world. A serious political crisis was caused by the announcement and holding a referendum on independence in Catalonia on 1 October 2017. The police used force, hundreds of people were injured. The declaration […]
Piotr Andrusieczko
29 December 2017
Europe, Ukraine

The exchange formula – 73 for 233

A long-awaited exchange between Ukraine and the self-appointed Donbass republics happened before the new year. It included people detained by the separatists and the supporters of the “republics” serving prison sentences in Ukraine. It’s a real gift for many Ukrainian families. Some have been waiting for the return of their loved ones since 2014.
Piotr Andrusieczko