On March 9, Ukraine celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s most praised poet whose life and legacy are especially valued for the spirit of freedom that he put in his poems.
When Oleksandr Oleksiuk shows up at Kyiv flea markets, the vendors immediately tell him: “We have nothing new about Shevchenko.”
Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has called on the nation not to panic about Russian military troops invading Crimea.
Many of Crimea's 2.2 million people are not only heeding Turchynov's call, they are celebrating the curious arrival of the neighboring country's soldiers by taking pictures with the troops or making them tea. Many others, however, regard friendliness with the Kremlin invaders as treason.
It's fair to say that most Ukrainians want their national sovereignty and territory respected by the international community, including their Russian neighbors.
Inspired by the anti-government protests in Kyiv, illustrator Oleksander Komyahov and journalist Andrey Pryimachenko started an art project that portrays what they deem to be typical characters of EuroMaidan.
When a Dutch national who owns a tire business in Kyiv was charged on Feb. 10 with supporting terrorism for allegedly selling tires to activists in the EuroMaidan movement, a guy who calls himself Viktor Yanukovych took to Twitter to joke about it.
Today’s Independence Square is not just about fighting, protesting and singing Ukraine’s national anthem. It’s a place for love, too, especially on Valentine’s Day. Here are some real romantic stories:
Inside a small gym close to Kyiv’s Independence Square, a short and sturdy brunette shows other women self-defense tactics. “You should pay more attention to your legs,” the coach says. “First you take steps, and only then do you turn your body.”
Toilets and unfinished hotels were not the only things that went wrong at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Organizers failed the georgraphical and language challenges too, making numerous mistakes in the profiles of the Ukrainian athletes listed on the Olympics official website.
When Kristina Berdinskikh, a former journalist with Korrespondent magazine, wrote a Facebook post about a group of medical volunteers she met at EuroMaidan in Kyiv on Dec. 1, she couldn’t have guessed how deeply involved she would eventually become.
A photograph of artist Maksym Vegera standing by the fire line at Hrushevskoho Street with an easel went viral overnight. In sub-freezing temperatures, the artist worked for seven hours one day to create a painting, inspired by the atmosphere of a fight for freedom.
She walks carefully on the iced ground of Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv, the epicenter of Ukraine’s now bloody protest. Trying not to fall over cobblestones covered in a gray mix of snow and ash, she holds something in her hands as close to her heart as she can…A baby girl. Two months old.
George Clooney clearly follows the Ukrainian news and sympathizes with the nation's intensifying struggle to chart a democratic course and overcome a history of corruption and authoritarian rule. The actor wore a t-shirt with a photo of Ukraine's imprisoned former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko for the photo call of his new movie.
As it turns out, the EuroMaidan protest wasn't the most important Internet topic for Ukrainians in 2013. Google search statistics shows they were much more eager to find the latest episodes of favorite TV shows and discover the details of a gang rape.
Apparently, EuroMaidan is a powerful aphrodisiac. Photos of couples hugging as they sit on makeshift benches by the fire barrels and sip hot tea have already become legendary. Some of those couples met, literally, on the barricades.
While all eyes are focused on the escalating political crisis, the academic community is getting ready to host a group of American Fulbright scholars and researchers.
When frozen protesters at Independence Square grab plastic cups of hot tea, served constantly from the makeshift kitchen in the Trade Unions House that acts as the headquarters of the protest movement, they might notice that great care was taken to remove the tags from teabags for the comfort of drinkers. For that, they might thank Liza Shaposhnikova.