People to people – in the time of war Ukraine podcast

Ukraine-special: People to people – in the time of war

Has Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine destroyed any hope of dialogue between Russians and Ukrainians? Or is there still an opportunity for peace, understanding, and trust through dialogue in the future?

In three special episodes of the Nordic Talks podcast, we let people talk to people. Can we create dialogue? How can we facilitate the process of creating peace in Europe? And where are we now, a year after the beginning of the war? Olga Johannesson and Andreas Fløistrup facilitate the discussions. 

In this episode, we meet Oksana Didyk from Ukraine and Irina Nielsen from Russia.


“I don’t like when somebody says I should be killed because I’m Ukrainian. That’s why I will never think about somebody in a bad way because he or she is Russian.”

Oksana Didyk, Ukrainian


“For now I think the Ukrainians have the right to hate every Russian they want – of course, it hurts to say it, but they have the right to do it.”

Irina Nielsen, Russian

This podcast episode features the following speakers

Irina Nielsen (Russia)

Irina Nielsen (Russia)

Irina is from Moscow, Russia. She has been living in Denmark for eight years with her Danish husband and eight-year-old son. She is a writer, translator, and former teacher of the Danish language to foreigners. From the first weeks of the war, she has volunteered as an interpreter for Ukrainians in Denmark and has been working with Ukrainian refugee children in a Danish public school.

Oksana Didyk (Ukraine)

Oksana Didyk (Ukraine)

Oksana is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She fled from her home country shortly after Russia started the war, and now lives in Denmark with her two-year-old son. Oksana is a former brand strategy consultant and partner of the Kharkiv and Ukrainian chamber of commerce – now working as a brand and business consultant in Denmark. Since coming to Denmark, she has joined the Danish political party Radikale Venstre and has started a project to help municipalities with Ukrainian refugees.