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From the beginning of 2014, PAX has been following closely as events unfolded in Ukraine. During two scoping missions (in May and in September), PAX spoke to over 60 interlocutors from civil society, local authorities and administrations, and churches.

PAX found that the main divide in Ukrainian society was one between ideologies and political cultures, and visions for the future and the way the country is governed and organised. The dividing lines run through communities and even families, mainly within the eastern regions of the country, and do not correspond to ethnic, linguistic, religious or class divides.

On the basis of these findings, PAX identified two priority directions, in which programs are currently being developed:

  1. Dialogue, in a first instance within the country and especially the eastern provinces;
  2. Social contract: local governance and the relationship between citizens and (local) authorities.

While developing its programming in these two main directions, PAX is keenly aware of the wider regional context in which this conflict is developing, and actively taking part in the debate on developments in Russia and security implications.