More than 20 cafes are offering free drinks and food to officers of Kyiv's new police patrol force. The sweeping trend is part of the wave of enthusiasm for the rebranded service that earned their badges on July 4 during a ceremony presided over President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv.
For those who are tired of all the old, well-trodden city tours, the Kyiv Post has explored some unusual and intriguing adventures that show the Ukrainian capital from fresh angles. The following excursions will be of interest to both long-term residents and newcomers to the city.
The Dnipro River used to be a main waterway for public transport and freight. Today, the public transport role is going through hard times, and operates only locally within Kyiv city limits and its suburbs.
Alexandre Farto, a Portuguese artist known as Vhils, came to Kyiv to create a mural of slain Maidan activist Serhiy Nihoyan on the wall of a downtown building near Mykhailivska Square. The portait of Nihoyan, one of the first victims of the EuroMaidan Revolution, overlooks a public garden, called the Heavenly Hundred Garden, which was planted by activists and is dedicated to those who were killed on the Maidan in January and February 2014.
The new patrol police officers who started working in Kyiv on July 4 have been winning over minds and hearts of Ukrainians for almost a week now. Posting selfies or friends with brand new police officers has become a popular trend on social media.
Ivan Kupala, or the Kupala Night, the old pre-Christian Slavic holiday honoring summer solstice on July 6, is widely celebrated in Ukraine. The Christian Church converted this holiday into John the Baptist Day long time ago, but it is still celebrated by many in a pagan way. Thousands participate in the night rituals to gain wealth, health and love – but most of all, to have fun. Here are some of the places in Kyiv where one can experience the Ivan Kupala celebrations.
Editor's Note: The following Kyiv Post classic was originally published on March 3, 2010, shortly after Viktor Yanukovych's Feb. 25, 2010, inauguration as president. We were reminded of the buffoonish politician's gift for saying and doing stupid things during his recent interview with BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse.
Summer offers great opportunities for outdoor sports, exercise and dancing. Make the hot season fun and healthy by following the Kyiv Post's picks for the best outdoor activities.
Looking for a place to get your beard trimmed or a quick haircut without having to share space with female clients? Then look for a barbershop. Some will even pour you a glass of whiskey.
June turned out to be a season for exhibitions in Kyiv. From an art retrospective to a display of Klitschko brothers’ boxing prizes – Kyiv Post presents the most interesting of the ongoing exhibitions for all tastes.
Kyiv is far away from the sea, but has lots of places to escape summer heat and enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Here are some of the top Kyiv recreation spots with good service, cozy atmosphere and picturesque views.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has opened America House, a space for meetings
and events. It is located in the former U.S. Embassy building at Mykoly
Pymonenka Street and is funded by the embassy.
The grand opening took place on May 20. Before that, America House had been working for 16 days and welcomed 1,500 visitors.
On Dehtiarivska Street in Kyiv stands a mosque, one of two in the mainly Christian capital. Going inside, the first person I met was five-year old Miriam. Standing near the entrance, shifting from one foot to another in her pink hijab, she shyly asked me to help her undo her shoelaces. Just like the rest of the visitors of the mosque, she had to take off her shoes before going into the praying hall. Many pairs of shoes are stacked in special shelves in a tiny room next to the entrance.
To honor the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, Kyiv's Motherland sculpture is decorated with poppy wreath. The accessory appeared early in the morning of May 8.
Early in May, as the picnic season started in Ukraine, a local startup put a new barbecue grill on the market. The grill, called Mordor on Fire, is designed after the Kremlin, and when set on fire offers a view of burning walls and towers of Moscow's stronghold.
Street food has been an unpleasant part of the urban culture in Ukraine, with kiosks selling cheap shawarma rolls that seemed to be made of nothing but mayonnaise. But new and better street food places are popping up all over. The Kyiv Post surveyed some of the offerings in Kyiv. In all of these places, the cooks were wearing gloves and seemed to observe sanitary rules while serving up tasty fare.
The editorial crew of Elle Ukraine, one of the country's few fashion magazines, had to hastily change the cover photo of the May issue after the originally advertised cover angered public.
One popular option for getting into shape for summer is through months of exercising and dieting. But for the truly impatient, even this healthy approach takes too long.