KYIV, Ukraine – Slovakia successfully defended an early first-half goal to take its opening Group C European soccer championship qualifier against Ukraine 1-0 thanks to midfielder Robert Mak’s accurate pointer in the 17th minute. Fellow midfielder Marek Hamsik accurately found him at the 60-meter mark that the PAOK footballer touched ahead splitting two Ukrainian defenders who were belatedly closing the gap as he hit home.
Ukraine’s 35-year-old national football team captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will miss the Sept. 8 European football championship 2016 qualifying match with Slovakia due to injury.
The main picture accompanying this op-ed of the “little green man” wasn’t taken in Crimea during Russia’s annexation of the peninsula and wasn’t shot this week when they again invaded Ukraine with columns of tanks and other hardware.
When the nation’s 803 higher learning centers open their doors next month to more than 2 million students, they will have newly delegated powers to pass on knowledge how they want and by whom, according to a landmark bill that was passed on July 1.
Ukraine’s military has lost 18 aircraft since April 7 as part of the government’s efforts to rid eastern Ukraine of Kremlin-backed insurgents and Russian mercenaries, resulting in 89 deaths, and causing at least $250 million in damages, a statistical analysis by UNIAN news agency states.
Ukraine national soccer team coach Mykhailo Fomenko called up seven Shakhtar Donetsk, six Dynamo Kyiv, and five Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk players, as well as five debutantes for the 28-man squad that will play Slovakia at home in their first 2016 European soccer championship qualifier match on Sept. 8.
Then risk an administrative fine of Hr 51 by enjoying a “street beer” for less than $1 when exiting at any of the nearby kiosks that are usually found hugging desolate-looking public places. Despite a nationwide prohibition on carrying open alcoholic beverages, thirsty pedestrians can often get fresh beer on tap at major intersections in summertime. As an added bonus, babushkas sometimes sell loosies, or individual cigarettes, for those who are in denial of their addiction.
An American has reportedly become the first foreign casualty on the Ukrainian side of the military conflict against Russian mercenaries and Kremlin-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Football Federation chief Anatoliy Konkov has asked the world and Europe’s soccer governing bodies to take measures, including the imposition of sanctions, towards the Russian Football Union after three Crimean clubs on Aug. 12 competed in the Russia Cup.
In Russia’s latest application of hybrid warfare, an announcement was made on Aug. 11 that a huge convoy of trucks was on its way from Moscow to deliver “humanitarian aid” to battle-stricken Luhansk where many residents have been cut off from water, food and electricity.
There is a new player entering the information war between Ukraine and Russia, and one that thinks truth will prevail over state-manufactured propaganda.
The European Court of Justice in June-July published the legal arguments of seven of the 13 former high-level Ukrainian officials who are challenging asset freezes and travel bans on suspicion of being “responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds.”
A group claiming to be technology innovators with Ukrainian roots is facing a backlash on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo where some 70 backers have asked for a refund for a projector watch, according to the comments section of the product.
The Kyiv Oblast Commercial Court ruled on July 30 to terminate a lease for 2.64 hectares of prime state-owned hunting grounds that fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his associates used for their personal use.
If Ukraine’s banking system of $108 billion in assets didn’t have enough problems with non-performing loans and deposit outflows, it has had to adjust to shocks that started after the EuroMaidan Revolution ushered in a change of government on Feb. 22.
Ukrainian nationalist leader Dmytro Yarosh has been placed on Interpol’s wanted list at the request of Russian authorities. According to the notice, he faces two charges “by the judicial authorities of Russia” for “public incitement to terrorist activities involving the use of mass media” and “public incitement to extremist activities involving the use of mass media.”
The Cabinet of Ministers issued a statement on July 25 calling parliament to hold an extraordinary session to adopt measures that would raise an additional $1.2 billion in revenue, of which $770 million would be allocated for the war effort against Russia. The statement was released after parliament adjourned its July 25 plenary session and announced a break until Aug. 12.
Oleh Blokhin is asking $3.65 million in compensation from the team where he became a global soccer legend. The 1975 Golden Ball winner on July 10 filed a claim with the dispute resolution chamber of Ukraine’s soccer governing body that alleges he was wrongfully sacked as coach of Dynamo Kyiv.
The United States said on July 24 that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions.
Russian military aggression towards Ukraine has persisted unabated since Kremlin-backed guerillas shot down a commercial airliner on July 17, killing all 298 people on board, including more than 80 children.