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.
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.