About us

The Arc publishes well told, extraordinary stories every month about Ukrainains, Ukraine and the world we live in. The stories span all genres, but are exclusively long reads. We invest a lot of time, effort and heart in each story so that our subscribers will want to read every last word. You can find our genesis here

If you want to join our team of writers, please review our submissions policy. If you want to support us, consider subscribing to The Arc here.

Who We Are

Dr. Ulana Suprun
founder and editor-in-chief

Ulana is a medical doctor specializing in Radiology. She served as acting Minister of Health of Ukraine (2016-2019), is a founder of the NGO Patriot Defence and chair of the NGO ARC UA. Like Schrodinger’s cat, she has the uncanny ability to be both in Ukraine and outside of Ukraine at the same time.

Marko Suprun
founder and creative editor

Marko is a film producer, one of the founders of Babylon’13 and Patriot Defence. Sometimes he battles disinformation and dispels Russian fakes at StopFake. He helps us to remember that the smallest details bring about the biggest differences and that every word has its meaning.

Marichka Melnyk (pen name)
editor, author and analyst

After completing her doctorate in history, Marichka was sent to the frontline of writing battling grammatical errors (nobody has figured out what super power she has to find every last one). Readers have said her stories touch the deep emotions, challenging them in ways unexpected. She was born and grew up in a “Bandit’s Village” and categorically refuses to move anywhere else.

Oleksii Dubrov
author and analyst

Oleksii is a historian and recipient of the prestigious Gaude Polonia scholarship program in 2019. He has over eight years of experience working in the field of culture, and seventeen years of experience living in Kryviy Rih (aka, Crooked Horn). A student of the humanities who loves numbers and statistics, Oleksii has been known to occasionally go over to the Dark Side (they have tasty cookies).

Cadmus (pen name)
author and analyst

A humble Doctor of Philosophy in History, Cadmus loves to go fishing. Sometimes he spends so much time on the river bank waiting for a bite, the fish start telling him their stories.

Oleh Mahdych
author and analyst

Oleh is another humble PhD in history and works as a researcher in the Taras Shevchenko National Museum. Oleh can easily lecture on any historical subject, in any time period, making you feel as though he had lived through the events himself.

Maryna Lutsyk
art director

Maryna has been drawing since she was six but for an unfathomable reason began her studies in university majoring in history. She was smart enough to follow her muse – sketching broken pieces of ancient ceramic pots eventually graduating with a degree in archeology. She got her street smarts from Cherkasy neighborhoods that make Kyiv’s look like a playground. She can do almost anything – from embroidery to soldering. She claims to be able to navigate any vehicle on any road, especially those that only exist on maps.

Ardis Chrystal, Stefko Bandera, Hanna Melnychenko, Hanna Rak, Maria Dubrova, Vitaly Zhuhay, Daiva Gridziuškaitė, Clarisse Brossard, Indrek Peterson, Kaldygul Kudaibergenova, Stepan Makowiecki, Ieva Lesinska-Geibere, Yevgeniy Yeromin

How to contact us

For those who love to read:
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For writers and storytellers:
Take a moment and familiarize yourself with our submission policy here.

For potential partners:
We welcome healthy and compelling partnerships. Please contact us with your proposals and ideas by sending us an email at admin@arc.ua.

For creative content makers:
If you have a desire to transform one of our stories into something else (like a film, animation, play or other medium) please do contact the Editor-in-Chief with your proposal idea by sending an email to admin@arc.ua.