Andrii Portnov, historian of modern Ukraine, became a long-term Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien in order to direct the Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative. This new initiative of the Forum will contribute to a better understanding of the situation in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. It invites scholars, journalists, and civil society activists from Ukraine and Eastern Europe to spend several months in Berlin as Visiting Fellows to participate in and organize workshops, podium discussions, as well as public and university lectures to exchange expertise and experience. The Initiative is supported by scholars from Eastern Europe at universities and research institutes in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. A series of lectures “Constructing Eastern Europe: Geographies of Power in the 20th and the 21st centuries” will be held during the 2016 summer semester in Berlin, for more information keep an eye on the Initiative’s web-site.