Wiping a teardrop from his face, 91-year-old Italian Luigi Pedutto unveiled a monument on May 7 depicting him tenderly hugging a Ukrainian woman.
Ukraine’s famed May break will be particularly impressive this year, with four days off work – May 1, 2, 6 and 9. With the right job or a benevolent boss, a clever worker can parlay this into 12 paid days off, including weekends. It’s a good way to start the month.
The merger of business and academia – a widely used model at the world's top research institutions – has finally come to Ukraine.
While most Kyiv cafes offer the same range of services, one unique place combines European cuisine, a shop selling works by Ukrainian designers and an education center housing lectures, master classes and movie screenings.
Elephant Khorase is young, just 8 years old. He doesn’t like winter. Even though his winter home in Kyiv Zoo is newly repaired and warm, it is still a bit too small for him and he might be missing his rhinoceros friend. And he still doesn’t have a sponsor.
There are seven bridges in Kyiv spanning the Dnipro River. But the very first stationary bridge that once did the job alone is no longer there.
As myth has it, Saint Patrick originally gained fame for symbollically driving the snakes from Ireland, but his Saint’s Day is now a celebration of everything Irish, especially green beer.
It’s easy to notice the arrival of spring in a gray, dirty megalopolis. Just keep an eye out for the babushkas who congregate near underpasses and metro stations and hawk the first forest flowers out of baskets. Called snowdrops, these tender, translucent florets are a popular gift for Women’s Day. The problem is, they are an endangered species, and their sale is prohibited by law.
Even dry government statistics show the passion for gift-giving that comes with Valentine’s Day and Women’s Day, the latter celebrated on March 8. The Ministry of Taxes and Duties reported record-breaking imports of perfumes in January and February of this year.
Whether you celebrate Women’s Day or not, the holiday comes on March 8 every year, and with it – for many – the agony of gift buying. That is, if you have already moved past the agony of guessing whether the woman in question celebrates the holiday that was very popular in the Soviet days.
This year Kyiv Post has decided to assist in the search for great presents. However, we made it our task to pick out five things that are so cool that it could be received with gratitude on any day and any occasion.