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How Russia's invasion of Ukraine impacts people in our region

A crowd of Ukraine supporters stands in a snowy field while two women, draped in the flag of Ukraine, and a man all read from printed pamphlets.
Robert Gill
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth students and Ukrainian citizens Nathan Syvas (center), Marta Hulievska (middle), and Dubrova Yevhenia (right) speak before a rally supporting Ukraine and opposing Russia's invasion on Dartmouth's campus on Friday, Feb. 25.

Live call-in discussion: Nearly a week since Russia invaded Ukraine, the outbreak of war and the international sanctions against Russia have put the world on edge. This hour, we hear from Ukrainian students studying in Vermont and New Hampshire about how the war is affecting them and their families. A Norwich University professor and expert on Russian foreign policy joins the show to answer questions about the invasion.

Our guests are:

  • Lasha Tchantouridzé, a professor and director of diplomacy and international relations programs at Norwich University
  • Mariia Dzholos, a Middlebury College sophomore from Ukraine
  • Marta Hulievska, a Dartmouth student from Ukraine
  • Nathan Syvash, a Dartmouth student from Ukraine
  • Angelika Pavlovna, a Putney resident and UVM student adopted from Russia who has only recently reconnected with her Russian family

Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, March 1; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.