Irina Starovoyt, a Ukrainian poet from Lvov, spoke with CN Live! during PEN International’s annual writers’ meeting in Bled, Slovenia on Russia’s motives, the role of neo-Nazis and the 2014 events in Ukraine.
Irina Starovoyt is a Ukrainian poet from the western city of Lvov, the epicenter of Ukraine’s far-right nationalism. Strarovoyt is neither a political scientist nor a geo-strategist. She is a writer and a teacher. But as she traveled 36 hours on a bus from Ukraine to Slovenia to speak at the PEN conference and as she is living through the war, CN Live! sat down with her on May 13 to get her perspective. The interview shows what an educated Ukrainian writer is being told about the war. Her views are hers alone. Interview by Joe Lauria. Video: Cathy Vogan.
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