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.
The judges and the audience of "The Voice. Kids" TV talent show were astonished when a 10-year-old girl who they auditioned and didn't pick turned out to be the daughter of Ukraine's prime minister.
When Valentino presented haute couture Spring/Summer 2015 collection on Jan. 29 in Paris, the audience and fashion critics were charmed. In Ukraine this romantic collection got a lot of attention and made the headlines - not because of its beauty, but because the ethnic motives in it were clearly borrowed from the Eastern European cultures, including Ukrainian.
Ukrainian model Diana Harkusha, 19, was named second runner-up in the Miss Universe 2015 beauty pageant on Jan. 25 in Miami. On stage at the pageant, she spoke of Russia's war against Ukraine and the support needed by its army and people.
Not every artist gets inspiration from society's homeless and down-and-out people, but Ukrainian photographer Borys Mikhailov does. On Jan. 9, he won Germany’s Goslar Kaiserring prize -- one of the most renowned international contemporary art awards.
Four years ago Geoffrey D'Souza, 33, grew tired of his monotonous life in America. So he quit his job and moved to Ukraine, which he had visited before and where life is comparatively cheap.
Thousands of Ukrainians are expected to gather on the banks of rivers and lakes to celebrate Orthodox Epiphany on Jan. 19. Diving into freezing waters on this day is believed to wash away sins. Ukrainian politicians and average citizens alike intend to plunge into ice holes seeking health, happiness -- and some publicity.
An unexpected recruit turned up to a military training for civilians in Zhdachyv on Jan. 11, a town in Lviv Oblast, and she seemed surprisingly comfortable with a submachine gun. Kateryna Apolinariyivna is learning to fend off potential Russian invaders at the tender age of 68.
Both churches actually agree on the day of Christmas. The disagreement stems from the type of calendar being used. The Eastern Orthodox Church marks holidays using the Julian Calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar, while western Christians rely on the Gregorian Calendar, introduced in the 16th century. The difference between the two calendars is 13 days, which is why the date of the Orthodox Christmas shifted to Jan. 7.
If you happen to get a Christmas or New Year gift that you find useless, do not rush to toss it away – there are people for whom those presents might bring joy.
During the New Year party, heavy drinking doesn't seem like such a bad idea. But the next morning's hangover proves that it is.