As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, we are thankful to have had Mr. Andrii Dikhtiarenko, journalist and IVLP Alum, share with us the situation in Ukraine. With over 9,000 cases currently, the Ukraine is under a very strict lockdown. Although some people have expressed that they think the measures are disproportionate to the number of victims, Dikhtiarenko explained that the Ukraine medical system is old, corrupt, and not very effective, and there are a limited number of tests available. During his time in the U.S. on the IVLP exchange program Dikhtiarenko left San Diego inspired by the National Conflict Resolution Center. He then met the leader of Ohio Voice, an organization that works to provide public journalism and communication between local communities in different regions. Since then he has written a proposal for a new project. “I want to take groups of journalists to the grey zone near conflict borders in eastern Ukraine and discuss conditions with local people. From this, journalists and officials can have a real impact on these people,” Dikhtiarenko explains. Due to covid-19, he has had to postpone his project but is excited for what is to come.