The women's world chess championship title is returning to Ukraine for a second time. Lviv Oblast native Mariya Muzychuk defeated Russia’s Natalia Pogonina on April 5 in Sochi by a score of 2.5-1.5 after four matches in the annual competition administered by FIDE, the world chess governing body.
Some photographers try to capture reality. Others run away from it. Fairy tale-inspired photography is a tricky new field, but several Ukrainian photographers are already nailing it.
Danylo Grachev, 31, formerly a popular Ukrainian TV host, has brought criticism upon himself after he was hired by Russian TV channel NTV. He announced his new employment on his social media pages on March 29.
Russia’s war against Ukraine and the country’s domestic economic challenges have triggered a mood of depression for many people. Yet Ukrainians do not easily give into this mood of malaise and panic. Instead they look for non-traditional ways to cheer themselves up.
This year’s first lunar eclipse will occur on April 4 at 12 p.m. GMT. The moon will be completely visible in the sky from the earth for almost five minutes, while the partial eclipse will last for 3.5 hours.The full phase of the lunar eclipse will be seen in Asia, Australia, North and South America. Though Ukrainians will not be able to see the phenomenon from their position on earth, local fortune tellers warn they are not immune from its “effects.”
Coloring books for adults, originally published in the United Kingdom, have gained wild popularity in Ukraine, outselling popular local authors.
It only took a half-year for Kyivan Olena Kuleba, 33, and her friends to turn an abandoned dump in Kyiv’s center into a green zone with fruit trees, rose bushes, a playground and even a small outdoor art gallery. Now it is one of the coziest areas in town.
Anzhela Djerih's works are not only viral online, they have become part of private collections around the world. Djeirih paints in a style often described as "Soviet nostalgia," which features old-style buses, plump ladies and men who look like they came straight from 1970s cartoons.
The EuroMaidan Revolution, Russia's war against Ukraine, the fate of Crimean Tatars, borshch and music. These are some of the themes that expatriate authors have focused on in their books about Ukraine. All of them are published in English, except for Mauro Voerzio's book in Italian.
Here's a sampling:
When Yaroslav Simchuk volunteered to join the National Guard he had only one condition: his twin brother Volodymyr must be near him at all times. The 32-year-old natives of Ternopil in western Ukraine signed on for the war in October. They've been assigned to the same unit.
A woman in Kharkiv Oblast is charged with assault after allegedly attacking her neighbor using two live geese for a weapon.
The two women, neighbors living in Bokhodukhiv, had a fight in the winter of 2014, according to local police. The women began arguing when one of them saw that another one's geese got into a neighbor’s garden.
Ukraine’s domestic clothing producers have gone from a marginal market niche to a potent developing industry in recent years. These three made-in-Ukraine brands are among those who have found their place at the crowded clothing market.
Before she met Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, Ukrainian model Anna Duritska has allegedly tried her luck as a mail-order bride.
Ukraine native Olga Hoffmann, 23, won the title of Miss Germany 2015 at the beauty pageant in the city of Rust. On her way to victory she bypassed 23 finalists from all over Germany, informs Spiegel.
Supporters of Russia-backed separatists have got a new way for expressing themselves. A Moscow-based online store has announced a release of a clothing collection branded with the separatists' symbols, including several bikini styles.
On Feb. 18 a certain photo of American porn star Sasha Grey went viral in Russian social network Vkontakte. Yet it contained no nudity or any reference to Grey's profession.
Famous French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy, 66, expressed his admiration with the spirit of Ukraine's 2013-14 EuroMaidan Revolution in his play "Hotel Europe." Kyivans will have a chance to see it on Feb. 21, a year after the infamous escape of former President Viktor Yanukovych, suspected of ordering the murders of protesters.
David LaChapelle's breathtaking video of a ballet dancer performing solo to "Take Me to Church" hit song by Hozier that gained 3.5 million views in just four days features a Ukrainian dancer.
Tetiana Kalenychenko, 23, an attractive long-haired brunette and a Ph.D. student in a Kyiv college, had clear plans a year ago to become a religious expert. Marriage was the last thing on her mind. But war and love suddenly burst into her routine life in the spring of 2014, when she went to the war front to write a story about priests.