Under the threat of Russian invasion there is still a possibility for Ukrainians to shift the focus and get distracted from tense news. One of the Ukraine's most anticipated events of the spring, annual French Spring Festival has been on since April 3. The festival gives a chance to feel French breeze in a number of major cities, including Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhya and Rivne.
As adorable as paper maps are, mobile apps are much more functional when it comes to finding your way through a new city. Kyiv Post tested a number of apps that help to easily navigate Kyiv and picked the best.
The recent EuroMaidan Revolution inspired Ukrainian game developers to release several EuroMaidan-based videogames for iPad and iPhone. Some can also be played on PC online.
A half-million people visit the National Botanical Garden every year, but this iconic Kyiv park has a lot that often goes undiscovered. Founded in 1935, the park offers visitors much more than most see at first glance.
While the idea of boycotting Russian goods, services and contacts has been touted since the beginning of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution in November, Ukrainians have taken it much more seriously since the Kremlin annexed the Crimean peninsula in March.
In four months, the EuroMaidan Revolution went through a lot of disturbing, touching and tragic moments before succeeding on Feb. 22 in its aim of toppling President Viktor Yanukovych. Many moments are captured on online videos:
Artists all over the world now have an easy way to show their support to the people of Ukraine in this time of crisis. A new Artists Support Ukraine (www.artistssupportukraine.com) website invites artists to upload their Ukraine-related works or other art pieces as long as they are devoted to Ukraine. They often come with supportive messages.
This spring’s show of Ukrainian fashion designer Oleksiy Zalevskiy wasn’t crowded as usual. No guests were allowed in, and even the ever-craved front row seats stayed empty. The models walked the catwalk around gratings and fell “dead” one after another to the sounds of gunshots. The guests watched the show on the outside screens and were impressed.
Hearts melt on St. Valentine's Day when diplomats confess their love.
A middle-aged man in a black jacket is sitting on a chair near the wall with a book in his hands on the first floor of the Ukrainian House, the exhibition hall in central Kyiv that was recently taken over by EuroMaidan activists. Andriy Shpak, a protester from Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, is a regular visitor of the recently formed Maidan library.
A big three-story office building adorned with Christmas decorations at the edge of Kyiv’s Podil district is the birth place for the follow-up to “World of Tanks,” the video game called “World of Warplanes.” Even the meeting room of Persha Studia, the Kyiv Wargaming developing studio, features impressive, new computers with giant screens.
Each year on Jan. 19, when Orthodox Christians celebrate the Epiphany, thousands gather on both banks of the Dnipro River in Kyiv. On this holy day, believers say the river spiritually turns into Palestinian Jordan on the day when God appeared in three persons. That’s why Ukrainians bravely dive into cold Dnipro waters, seeking health and happiness.
On Dec.18, Mystetskiy Arsenal shined with hundreds of Christmas lights marking the opening of a great Christmas fair. Dozens of vendors and craftsmen offered Christmas decorations, toys, accessories and even clothes in the large pavilions.