Dispatches from Crimea: Webinar with Nataliya Gumenyuk. Wednesday 15 April

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 15 April, 7pm

Register via Zoom here.

The event is free. We suggest a voluntary donation of £5 for those able to support the Institute. Donations can be made via JustGiving.

“March 2014. Green uniforms on the ground. A so-called referendum. Joy and panic on the streets. Fear twitching behind the net curtains. Hopes, disappointments. Dreams and reality.”

Nataliya Gumenyuk is one of the few journalists who has regularly travelled to Crimea over the course of the last five years, since it was annexed by Russia in March 2014. Her newly released book, “Lost Island: Dispatches from Occupied Crimea” ( . )  tracks the unreported stories of the people who lived through the drama: the activists, the military, the families, the business people. It tells the human stories of how life in Crimea transformed over the last five years. The e-book available in Ukrainian on the Stary Lev website and in Russian on the google play store.

Join us to hear about the implications of the annexation of Crimea from many different angles, the economy, geopolitics, fake news and propaganda, but most of all, the insights that Nataliya has gained through five years of in depth interviews with ordinary people in Crimea, living in the eye of the political storm.

The event will be held in English. Nataliya will be in conversation with British journalist Oliver Carroll, who is the Moscow correspondent for The Independent and the Evening Standard.

If you have any issues registering for the event via Zoom, please email Maria Montague at montague@ukrainianinstitute.org.


Nataliya Gumenyuk is a prominent Ukrainian journalist specialising in foreign affairs and conflict reporting. From 2013-2020 Gumenyuk was a special correspondent and from 2015-2019 she headed the independent broadcaster Hromadske TV. Anchoring Hromadske’s agenda-setting news review programme Gumenyuk first made her mark as a foreign correspondent, reporting on major political events from nearly 50 countries. She was able to put this experience to good use when Ukraine came onto the international news agenda. Nataliya has been closely following post-Arab Spring developments in the Arab world and is the author of the book "Maidan Tahrir. In Search Of The Lost Revolution” – a collection of reportage from the Middle East researching what happens to societies after the revolution. Millions tuned in to watch her coverage of the Euromaidan revolution and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Gumenyuk is one of very few journalists to regularly travel to Crimea in the five years since it was annexed.


Oliver Carroll is the Moscow correspondent for The Independent and Evening Standard. He has lived and reported on the post-Soviet space for more than a decade.  He is a past contributor to Newsweek, Politico, the Times of London, Die Zeit, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, BBC, Sky and others. From 2015-2017, Oliver was Managing Editor of the Moscow Times.
In 2014, Oliver reported from Ukraine where he produced in-depth, breaking coverage of the political and military crisis. He wrote extensively on the war in eastern Ukraine, reporting from both sides of the frontlines.

Endorsements of the book:

Peter Pomersantsev: "The Russian annexation of Crimea has changed geopolitics and the political map of the world. But though the peninsula has played such a great role in current affairs, it can be hard to understand what real life is like there. Nataliya Gumenyuk is one of the few journalists who travels to the peninsula regularly, who knows it with a fierce intimacy and with an eye for detail and personality that make her a pleasure to read. She brings Crimea alive, and gives the reader a privileged look into daily life of ordinary people in the eye of a political storm'"

Serhii Plokhy: “This book is about the Crimea we’ve lost, about a peninsula which has become an island, and about people who stayed there. But first of all this book shows why Ukraine isn’t Russia. Must-read."