(FILES) This file photo taken on March 26, 2015 shows a Russian-backed separatist sitting in front of destroyed houses in the village of Lohvynove near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve.
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Exchange programs for citizens from different regions of Ukraine are a working solution for reconciliation.
Three years after the beginning of the de facto war in Donbas, Ukrainians are starting to fix the fundamental problems in society which made the war possible. Some of these problems were the stereotypes of Ukrainians living in different regions towards each other and their narrow worldview. This worldview was mostly formed by television with no personal experience of life in other countries. An opinion poll conducted in 2012 showed that 77 percent of Ukrainians had never been abroad. Moreover, 36 percent had never been outside of their region. Nowadays, civil society initiatives work on organizing exchange projects within the country. The government also has started to organize their own exchanges. The effect of these projects is sometimes magical.
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