Ukraine has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. One of the main reasons: intravenous drug use. But just outside the capital Kiev, a group is working with police to change their approach toward drug users — to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime.
North of Kiev is the former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Mezhyhirya was built with with millions in tax dollars and many people would like to turn it in to a "museum of corruption." Those efforts have stalled, but you can still go on a tour.
Ukraine's former president Victor Yanukovych spent more that $30 million on his personal estate before he fled for Russia. Think private zoo, crocodile skin-lined planters and a copy of John and Yoko's white piano.
The fighting began in Ukraine more than two years ago. But the Ukrainian government is only beginning to get a handle on the internally displaced. Estimates of Ukraine’s internally displaced vary. The government has registered 1.7 million IDPs but the true number could be higher.
The members of the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha are perhaps the country's best known cultural ambassadors. They've played Coachella and Bonnaroo and have sung to thousands in their native language. Marko Galanevych is the only male member of the band and knows he could be drafted into Ukraine's army at any time.
It's a disturbing time for Jews in Europe right now. But the conflict in Ukraine seems to be making that country a little more welcoming to its Jewish citizens, even as they continue leaving the country in large numbers.