Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. It has a population of around 43,000,000.
Ukraine is split roughly between pro-Russian sentiment in the east and those favoring closer ties to the EU in the west.
Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has escalated sharply this month, particularly around the flashpoint city of Avdiivka. Humanitarian organizations play a vital role in providing material assistance for the 16,000 people still living there. But as Filip Warwick reports, volunteer workers are providing more unusual support to the city's children.
On this week's show: Travel with us to what used to be eastern Ukraine's richest town and is now a war-ravaged ghost town, visit the island of Curacao which is becoming a magnet for desperate Venezuelans, learn what Berlin's voluntary scene is like, find out how the Ku Klux Klan is operating in Germany and how an Iranian-American musician has been left badly shaken by Donald Trump's travel ban.
The small town of Pisky in eastern Ukraine was once a getaway for Donetsk's rich. But after being caught in the cross fire of a nearly three-year-long conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro Russian separatists, Pisky has become an apocalyptic ghost town. Only a handful of people remain in this formerly wealthy suburb that used to house over 2,000 people.
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A Vienna court has approved a US extradition request for Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash. Once an ally of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, Firtash is accused of bribing officials in a bid to secure mining licenses.
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