Yermolenko Volodymyr

Born in 1980, Volodymyr is a Ukrainian philosopher, writer and journalist.

Author of books “The Distant, The Close”, “The Ocean Catcher” (2017), “Volatile Ideologies” (2018), “Narrator and Philosopher” (2011).

Doctor of Political Studies (Paris, 2011), PhD (Kyiv, 2008), Master in International Relations (Budapest, 2003).

Since 2009, Director of European projects at the Internews Ukraine NGO.

Since 2015, journalist at; Head of the weekly “Hromadske. World”.

Since 2017, one of the initiators, editor-in-chief of the UkraineWorld initiative (

Since 2009, Professor at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Department of Literature Studies)

Since 2017, columnist for “Kraina” journal.

Since 2018, member of the Supervisory Board at the Ukrainian Institute.

In 2013–2017, moderator of the educational project EU Study Days.

In 2000–2002, coordinator of the project “Lab of Academic Translation”.

Author of numerous articles about Ukraine, Europe, global processes in Ukrainian and foreign press (,,, Le Monde, Atlantic Council, Financial Times, Newsweek, EUObserver, Euractiv, Die Welt, etc.).

He frequently comments on Ukrainian events in the international press (The Economist, Le Monde, Radio France International, France 24, Suedeutsche Zeitung, La Croix, Mediapart and others).

In 2017, he co-initiated a project “Voice of the war: Veteran Stories” (Internews Ukraine, 2017).

The same year, he was an editor-in-chief of a publication “Words and Wars: Ukraine Facing Kremlin Propaganda” (Internews-Ukraine, 2017).

He has conducted open lectures within projects at the EU Study Days, Kyiv Mohyla Business School, School of Political Studies, Ukrainian Leadership Academy, Open University of Maidan, Book Arsenal, etc.

Laureate of the 2018 Yuri Sheveliov Prize, Book of the Year Award (in nomination “Political Science and Nonfiction”, 2018), and Book of the Year Award (nomination “Philosophy”, 2015)

Selected publications:


Narrator and Philosopher: Walter Benjamin and his time — Kyiv: Krytyka, 2011. — 280 p.

The Distant, The Close. Essays on Philosophy and Literature — Lviv: Old Lion Publishing House, 2015. — 304 p.

The Ocean Catcher: A Story of Odysseus — Lviv: Old Lion Publishing House, 2017. — 216 p.

Volatile Ideologies: Ideas and Politics in Europe in ХІХ-ХХ centuries. – Kyiv, Dukh i Litera, 2018. – 471 p.

Essays and publicism:

Dreams of Europe,;

Die Grenzen Europas

The silence of the lambs,

Des ours et des hommes. L’Ukraine et la Russie dans la politique mondiale. / La Règle du jeu, No 57, 25e année, Paris, 2015, p. 73-87

Russia, zoopolitics and information bombs, / What does Ukraine think, European Council on Foreign Relations, London, 2015, p. 72-80

Drǿmmer om Europa, Europa! Moss (Norway), 2015, p. J 1-1 – J 1-6.

Ukraine et Donbas: à la frontière et au-delà de la frontière // Anthologie du Donbas, Préface de Volodymyr Yermolenko. – Paris, L’Harmattan, 2018

More than Fake News: Lessons Learnt by Ukraine / Words and Wars. Ukraine Facing Russian Propaganda. – Kyiv, 2017

Enemy Not Here / Ворог не тут

Admiring Doubt / Похвала сумніву

Ukraine as Desert / Україна як пустеля

(Non)Exotic Birds / (Не) екзотичні птахи

Winter as Metaphor / Зима як метафора

Whisper of Stones / Шепіт каміння

Culture as Hygiene / Культура як гігієна

Tragedy of the Central Europe / Трагедія Центральної Європи

Defenselessness of Happiness. Afterword to #Невимушені / #TheUnconstrained. Anthology – Kyiv, Vivat, 2016.

Jean-Jacques Russo, or Fear of Intimacy / Krytyka. – 2012. – Pt. 9-10. – P. 36-39.

Roland Barthes: The Last Years / KORYDOR. – 18 September 2012.

Life and Death of Romain Gary / LitAccent. – 5 April 2012.

The Invisible Flaubert / LitAccent, 31 January 2012.

Casanova, Politeness and Jean-Jacques Russo / KORYDOR, 13 March 2012.

Just Joy (Hoffmann and Nietzsche) / KORYDOR, 30 November 2012.

Candour of Evil /, 10 September 2012.

Sea as Philosophy (Jules Michelet and Metaphor of the Renaissance) /, 30 April 2012.

Silent Cinema (Benjamin Fondane) /, 5 March 2012.

Friendship: two stories (Gustave Flaubert and Charles Péguy) / KORYDOR, 28 March 2012.

The Invisible (Joseph Conrad and Romain Gary) / KORYDOR, 31 May, 2012.

To Live in Different Worlds / Ukrainian Journal, №1-2. – Prague: “Ruta”, 2013, – P. 46.

Nietzsche, grub and us / KORYDOR, 14 February 2013.

Orpheus, Dionysus and dreams of regeneration: philosophic and literary plots of the XIX century // Filosofska dumka,1, 2011, P. 83-99)

Walter Benjamin and His Things : foreword // Benjamin Walter. To the criticism of violence. – Кyiv : “Grani-Т”, 2012. – P. 7-18.

Delirium of the Modern: Surrealism, Walter Benjamin and Paris passage / Filosofska dumka. – 2006. – №6. – P. 43-60.

Journalist articles:

Around 100 articles on

Articles in international press:

Le Monde:

Pourquoi l’Ukraine doit parler ukrainien

“L’Ukraine a effectué des pas importants vers la modernisation”

Financial Times:

Ukraine’s reform drive is powering ahead (with Ruslan Minich), Financial Times

Die Welt:


Regular articles for Atlantic Council (in English)

Ukraine’s New Populists: Who They Are and Why They’re Dangerous

Who’s Up and Who’s Down in Eastern Ukraine?