Being 17 in Kiev, Ukraine

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What little the general population hears about Ukraine are the constant violent political and ethnic armed conflicts with Russia. What is not known much about are how people live amid this turmoil, for example, a teenager. Published on BBC, February 21, 2019.

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Is it harder to be a teenager now than ever before? Seventeen-year-old Ivan dreams of finding a girlfriend and moving to the United States. For now though he spends his Saturday playing guitar, meeting friends, and playing volleyball. We spend a day with Ivan as he shows us what it’s like to grow up in Ukraine.

My dream, like the dream of many teenagers, it to move to the US…. I want changes.

Being 17 is a series created by the BBC World Service and Radio 1 Newsbeat looking at how 17-year-olds all over the world spend their Saturdays.
Video journalist: Abdujalil Abdurasulov

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