About Us

Marian Prysiazhniuk
Marian Prysiazhniuk

The author and project manager. Formerly a Mentor at NGO Ukrainian Leadership Academy, cultural activist, volunteer.

Co-founder of the Euromajdan Warsaw Community Movement. From February 2014 - a participant in the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv, engaged in the organization of treatment abroad of wounded protesters after the Maidan shootings.

Since April 2014, he is the project manager for the assistance to the Ukrainian army through Kuloodporni.org. Manager of the project “Benefits and guarantees for ATO participants”.

Speaker of the Polish-American Academy in Lviv for the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation. Graduate of the Human Rights Education House, Understanding Human Rights program.

Co-author of the creation of Nazariy Voitovych's Artistic Residence - the youngest Hero of the Heavenly Hundred.

He wrote an essay on social issues in the Ukrainian Almanac published by the Ukrainian Diaspora in Poland. He initiated the creation of an open youth space "Natriy", named after the honorable Ukrainian military "cyborg", Ihor Branovytsky. He is the co-author and coordinator of a non-formal education program for military lyceum students, “My New Army”.

Youry Bilak
Youry Bilak

Youry Bilak - photographer of the project. French photographer of Ukrainian origin.

He was born in Vilerban, near Lyon, in a family of immigrants from Ukraine. He began his career as a dancer and amateur organizer in the Ukrainian diaspora.

In the early 2000s he began to take a professional role in photography. The main theme of his work was Ukraine: its culture and way of life, traditions and modern history.

Youry’s projects reflect the inspiration of his parents' country and the experiences of its fate, among them: Ukrainians (2004-2009), Hutsuly, in the shadow of the Carpathians (2006-2012), and Maidan - Donbas: The History of the Future ”(2013-2014).

He is the author of the photography books "Hutsuly, in the Shadow of the Carpathians" and "Maidan - Donbas.

History of the future. " Photo exhibitions of Youry took place in major cities of France, Germany, Canada and the USA. In Ukraine, his “Projection” project (2014-2016) was presented at the Presidential Administration building, Mystetskyi Arsenal, and Boryspil Airport.

Maryna Lukianova
Maryna Lukianova

Executive director NGO Euroatlantic Course, CEO of the project Odnodumci. She is the author and developer of the franchise model of the project Anima Women's Festival.

Since 2013 she has been a member of the ASPEN Leadership Seminar and a member of the ASPEN Community.

She is the author and founder of the social project - UkrainkaFEST. The project was commissioned by the Ukrainian representative office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

During 2015-2016, she was the creative director of the conceptual development of the VDNH pavilion of the National Expocenter of Ukraine.

From 2017 she workes as a columnist for “Ukrainska Pravda” (Ukrainian Truth).

From 2018 she is a columnist for “Novoe Vremya”. She worked as a consultant of  Development Strategy and Marketing at Race Nation. She was the project leader of “Your Initiative” from the “Odnodumci” platform.

Taisia Bratasiuk
Taisia Bratasiuk

Coordinator of the Katowice Euromaidan movement (Poland). Project Coordinator of “Voїny”, aimed to honor fallen Ukrainian soldiers of the Russo-Ukrainian war. Coordinator of the “Run for Fallen Soldiers” marathon in Ukraine in 2018 and 2019.

Project Manager in the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Information Policy, Ministry for Veteran Affairs, 2017-2019.

PR and CSR Manager at “SoftServe” – currently.

Received a Master Degree in Political Science and Journalism at University of Silesia, Poland. Studied Political Science at University of Florence, Italy.

Oleksandra Zadilska
Oleksandra Zadilska

Communications Manager of the crowdfunding campaign.

Student of Kyiv Academy of Media Arts Creative Advertising, photographer.

Graduate of the Ukrainian Leadership Academy (while in the Academy she led communications for the "Trash Killers" environmental mini-project, was a member of the recruitment team, photographer and copywriter, lecturer for high-school students on personal branding within "BOOM" project, and was a mentor to teenagers in 6 projects).

Yuliia Hryhoruk
Yuliia Hryhoruk

Yuliіa is a graduate of the Ukrainian Leadership Academy, a student of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and an activist of the NGO " National Alliance". She is the author of "Dignity", a collection of five stories of active Revolution of Dignity participants. She is the Manager of the "Cyborg Charitable Race" which is organized to commemorate fallen soldier Ihor Branovytskyy. She was also the Manager of the creation of a youth open space "Natriy", named after him. She is engaged in educational projects for young people in the field of national-patriotic education and popularization of history.

Christine Eliashevsky      -     Chraibi and Lydia Eliashevsky     -     Replansky
Christine Eliashevsky - Chraibi and Lydia Eliashevsky - Replansky

We are a Dynamic Sister Duo in Editing and Translations!

Christine Eliashevsky-Chraibi

Born in Germany on the way to Canada, Christine currently divides her time between the Alsace, France and Lviv, Ukraine. Christine completed her Honours B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto and her M.A. at the University of Strasburg (France). After many years of teaching (France, Germany, Switzerland, Moldova, Ukraine), she faced the challenge of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and joined the newly-created English-language online news outlet Euromaidan Press as a translator and editor in February 2014. She enjoys traveling, reading and playing with words.  


Lydia Eliashevsky-Replansky

Born and raised in Canada, Lydia is the daughter of political refugees forced to flee Ukraine after World War II.  She has a degree in Library and Information Science and many years experience in research and library technical services. She finds editing and proofreading to be extremely rewarding and strives to make words work together perfectly to create amazing content. She enjoys traveling and is always planning for her next adventure with her husband.

We are honoured and thankful to be part of the PLUS 1 Project!

Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk
Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk


Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk


Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk hails from Saskatchewan, Canada where he serves as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and a substitute teacher. Jeffrey visited Ukraine on three occasions: 6-week student exchange in 1987 between the University of Saskatchewan and the Yuriy Fedkovych University in Chernivtsi, then twice in 1992.

Since 2014, he has translated occasional articles for Euromaidan Press.

His interest in the plight of Ukrainian soldiers, war losses and a renewal of life following grief is a personal debt he’s re-paying to his father, William, a soldier in the Canadian Army during WW2. It’s also an opportunity for an English-speaking audience to develop an emotional connection with Ukrainians.


Vira Mashnina
Vira Mashnina

Vira Mashnina is the financial manager of the project. She has 17 years of experience in finance of public and charitable organizations.

She worked as the Financial Director of “Hromadske TV”, Chief Accountant of the International Charitable Organization "Foundation for Support of International Cooperation of Ukraine", Charitable Organization "Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum", NGO "Chartiya - 4" and several commercial organizations.