UCL History PhD Student Nadia Dobrianska Addresses Irish Parliamentarians

4 May 2023

Using entirely the medium of her adopted language, Nadia Dobrianska, a Ukrainian refugee studying Irish history with us, has given an intensely personal account of how the conflict in Ukraine has upended the lives of Ukrainians.

Nadia Dobrianska addresses Irish parliament in Irish

Speaking alongside the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Deputy Catherine Connolly, Nadia, our doctoral student in Irish history, outlined her background in Ukraine and how she became interested in the Irish language.

In the lecture, attended by the deputy head of mission from the Ukrainian Embassy, Mr. Dmytro Shchedrin, among others, Ms Dobrianska also spoke about her life and work with the human rights centre, ZMINA, in Kiev, where she worked until September 2022.

In particular, Ms Dobrianska described the plight of people abducted by the Russian army in occupied territories, the reasons behind such abductions and their possible fate. She argued that Ukraine needs help from other countries to ensure Russia releases captives and that justice can be attained for these people.

Watch Nadia's video